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Education & Labor Committee Republicans

  • 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
  • Part 2: Ten Years Later, A Better Way Forward for K-12 Schools
    Jan 10, 2012  - Despite good intentions, there is bipartisan agreement No Child Left Behind (NCLB) needs to be changed. One of the biggest failings of our nation's K-12 education law is its overly prescriptive accountability system, known as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The federally mandated system applies a ri... More
  • Part 1: Ten Years Later, A Better Way Forward for K-12 Schools
    Jan 9, 2012  - House Education and the Workforce Committee Republicans recently released two pieces of draft legislation designed to enhance school accountability, improve flexibility, and support more effective teachers in American classrooms. The bills, which build upon previous legislative efforts, signal Repub... More
  • Learning from High-Quality Charter Schools
    Sep 7, 2011  - This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider the Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 2218). This important legislation will help more students gain access to a quality education by facilitating the development of high-performing charter schools. Chart... More
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