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Education & Labor Committee Republicans

  • Listening and Learning from Education Experts
    Feb 6, 2012  - In the first session of the 112th Congress, House Education and the Workforce Committee Republicans held 11 hearings to discuss a better way forward for the K-12 education system. Dozens of state and local education officials offered their thoughts on the challenges facing states and school district... More
  • Encouraging Education Reform from the Ground Up
    Feb 1, 2012  - “I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed: that government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more.” - President Barack Obama, January 24, 2012 Quoting Abraham Lincoln in last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama outlined a vision for ... More
  • New Education Proposals Support Unique School Districts, Help Close Student Achievement Gaps
    Jan 31, 2012  - House Education and the Workforce Committee Republicans recently released two pieces of draft legislation designed to reform K-12 education law, currently known as No Child Left Behind. The Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act will support rural schools, stre... More
  • Supporting School Choice Year-Round
    Jan 24, 2012  - January 22 marked the start of National School Choice Week – a week to celebrate education options for all students. School choice is an important principle that has received bipartisan support in Washington for years. For children who are trapped in under-performing public schools, the opportunity ... More
  • House Republicans Agree: “We Can’t Wait” For K-12 Education Reform – So We’re Taking Action
    Jan 20, 2012  - President Obama has hit the campaign trail with full force in recent months, and the slogan du jour for the entire administration seems to be “We Can’t Wait.” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has tied the phrase to education reform in speeches across the country in recent months, asserting ov... More
  • New Education Proposals Raise the Bar for Schools and Students
    Jan 19, 2012  - When No Child Left Behind was signed into law 10 years ago, it was heralded as a game changer for education policy. It was certainly a strong step forward, but it has become clear the law is in need of urgent reform. Recognizing the shortfalls under current law, many states are taking matters into t... More
  • House Republicans Take Steps to Streamline Federal Bureaucracy
    Jan 17, 2012  - Last week, President Obama announced plans to streamline the federal government, starting with the consolidation of six federal agencies with overlapping authorities over business and trade. The president specifically asked for enhanced executive power to implement further “reforms that result in mo... More
  • Part 5: Ten Years Later, A Better Way Forward for K-12 Schools
    Jan 13, 2012  - House Education and the Workforce Committee Republicans recently released two pieces of draft legislation designed to rewrite elementary and secondary education law, currently known as No Child Left Behind. The Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act are commons... More
  • Part 4: Ten Years Later, A Better Way Forward for K-12 Schools
    Jan 12, 2012  - Late last year, the U.S. Secretary of Education took unprecedented action and announced a plan that would allow the administration to unilaterally dictate federal education policy without Congressional input. Secretary Arne Duncan’s plan to grant waivers for certain requirements under No Child Left ... More
  • Part 3: Ten Years Later, A Better Way Forward for K-12 Schools
    Jan 11, 2012  - The teacher quality policies included in No Child Left Behind were intended to encourage better educators in schools. But in the 10 years since the law’s enactment, we’ve realized the requirements place too much emphasis on a teacher’s credentials and tenure, and pay little attention to student lear... More
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