Foxx and Smucker Urge Department of Labor Action to Fight Opioids

Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) today sent a letter to Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta regarding the national opioid public health emergency. The letter urged the Secretary to fight the scourge of addiction by using the Job Corps program to engage young adults and improve their employment outcomes and recovery efforts. “The prospect of a job increases hope and encourages Americans recovering from and responding to the opioid epidemic, and a robust loc...

Opening Statement of Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman, Committee on Education and the Workforce Hearing on “The Power of Charter Schools: Promoting Opportunity for America’s Students”

All students, regardless of zip code, deserve access to a high-quality education. That means giving students the opportunity to thrive in the learning environment that best suits their unique educational needs. Every student is different, and families should be empowered to choose whatever school best suits their child’s strengths, rather than being forced into a one-size-fits-all approach. For many, charter schools are the best option for their student to hone his or her individual abilities an...

Committee Discusses the Power of Charter Schools

Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), held a hearing to examine the value of charter schools. “Every student is different, and families should be empowered to choose whatever school best suits their child’s strengths, rather than being forced into a one-size-fits-all approach. For many, charter schools are the best option for their student to hone his or her individual abilities and build a successful life,” Chairwoman Foxx said in her opening...

Foxx Praises House Passage of Bills to Combat Opioids

Today, the House of Representatives voted to approve several Education and Workforce bills to combat opioids. During debate on the bills this afternoon, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, said: “I want to thank and commend members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce for leaving no stone unturned as we work to make healing possible to all the victims of this scourge of addiction – not only those who are struggling with opioid abuse. ...

THE PROSPER ACT: A Work Study Program for the Future

Only 13 percent of Americans agree college graduates in this country are well prepared for success in the workplace. A recent survey showed that only 2 in 5 managers believe college graduates are well-equipped for a job in their field. One of the few successful programs in the federal postsecondary education policy is the Federal Work-Study program, which has been shown to increase graduation rates and job placement among participants, particularly low-income students. Since the last reauthoriz...

THIS WEEK: Committee Hearing on the Power of Charter Schools

On Wednesday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m., the Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold a hearing on "The Power of Charter Schools: Promoting Opportunity for America’s Students." The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will explore the value charter schools bring to students’ education. Witnesses Mrs. Nina Rees President and CEO National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Washington, DC Mr. Greg Richmond President and CEO National Associati...

Opening Statement by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman, Committee on Education and the Workforce Hearing on “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services”

Good morning, and welcome to today’s hearing. We’re pleased to welcome the Honorable Alex Azar, Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, to his first hearing with the Committee on Education and the Workforce. I’m especially pleased to note that this hearing comes just after Secretary Azar has celebrated his three month anniversary in his new position. Mr. Secretary, we can’t find another cabinet secretary in recent memory that has made an oversight hearing with thi...

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