Education

Democrats are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to a high-quality education. If our nation is going to remain the world’s leader, we must not lag our global competitors in education. Democrats are focused on making higher education and skills training more accessible, reducing high school dropout rates, and providing students with the support they need to secure well-paying jobs.

From day one, the Trump Administration has undermined protections for and disinvested in America’s students. President Trump’s budget proposes to cut teacher training and literacy programs and reduces funding for the schools and communities most in need. Congressional Republicans have also proposed extreme funding bills that dramatically cut education and job training programs, threatening our ability to build a competitive workforce and help more Americans find good-paying work.

Democrats are fighting to protect families from these harmful cuts and have a strong record of making investments that will strengthen education. Democrats have increased Pell grants, cut red tape in the loan process, and made it easier to repay student loans once students join the workforce. Democrats also enacted a major reform bill that ended wasteful taxpayer subsidies to big banks and directed the savings to helping students instead. Democrats also made record investments in community colleges and minority-serving higher education institutions.

Education Related

As we begin the new year and the Second Session of the 114th Congress, newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan has an opportunity to turn the page on the bitter partisanship of the past few years and show that he is willing to work across the aisle to get things done for the American people.  The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that “House Speaker Paul Ryan starting this month will push to turn the chamber into a platform for ambitious Republican policy ideas.”  But evidence points to the contrary, with the first items on the House’s agenda for 2016 being the sixty-second vote to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, the eleventh vote to attack women’s health, and several bills that would undermine consumer safety, workplace safety, and environmental protections.  House Republican leaders know these bills will never become law, yet they continue to pander to the far right with political messaging bills instead of bringing substantive, bipartisan legislation to the Floor. It is also unfortunate that Speaker Ryan has already taken issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and an expansion of paid family and medical leave off of the table. 

1/8/16

I was proud to be on hand today as President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law, which includes a provision I authored to encourage the wider adoption of the full-service community schools model. 

12/10/15

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after the Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and includes Full-Service Community Schools:

12/9/15

Wanted to be sure you saw the article that ran in POLITICO Pro last night about the inclusion of Full-Service Community Schools in the Every Student Succeeds Act to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. 

12/3/15

I thank Mr. Scott for yielding.  I want to thank Mr. Kline, the Chairman of the Committee, and Ranking Member Scott for their work on this bill. 

12/2/15

Today the House will consider the Every Student Succeeds Act Conference Report, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. 

12/2/15

This Sunday marks the fiftieth anniversary of President Johnson signing the Higher Education Act into law.  That landmark legislation, part of the President’s ‘Great Society’ initiative, made significant federal investment in our nation’s colleges and universities, with the goal of helping more students access quality, affordable higher education that leads to good jobs and a more competitive workforce.  

11/6/15

We’re here today because the future of this country is being threatened by the Republican policy of sequestration.

10/20/15

Today, the Senate took a major step forward to promote the full-service community schools model across the country, adopting as an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act the language of the Full Service Community Schools Act that I’ve introduced for several years in the House. 

7/16/15

I am disappointed that House Republicans advanced a flawed and partisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that disinvests in America’s public schools. 

7/8/15

Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the COMPETES reauthorization act, which is an attempt to disinvest, in my view, in research, innovation, and education at a time when we ought to be investing in those areas even more greatly.

5/20/15

This week, the House will vote on H.R. 1806, House Republicans’ partisan bill to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act. Unlike the original bill in 2007 and the reauthorization in 2010, which both passed with strong bipartisan support, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 was reported by the Science Committee on a party line basis and has no chance of being signed into law.

5/19/15

Today, I join in marking the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Head Start, one of the Johnson Administration's key anti-poverty initiatives and still one of the most important investments we make toward closing the achievement gap. 

5/18/15

Tomorrow marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give all children – no matter their background – access to a quality education.  

4/10/15

This week, House Republicans unveiled their budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2016. Congress should be making the tough choices needed to grow our economy and expand middle-class opportunities for American families, while promoting fiscal responsibility.

3/19/15

This bill is complex and could be discussed for a long period of time. [Education and Workforce Ranking Member] Scott doesn't have a long period of time, and I will be brief, but I want to point out that when we passed, at the request of President Bush, No Child Left Behind, which everybody has recognized does not have some of the components that it ought to have and has some components that it ought not to have, and Mr. Scott's substitute fixes that which is broken, but I'll point out that that bill passed 384-45.

2/27/15

Today, Democrats on the Education and Workforce Committee put forward a proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which recognizes the important role the federal government has in supporting local education systems across the country.

2/11/15

On Monday, the President released his budget for Fiscal Year 2016. His budget proposal builds on the strength of our economic recovery to make smart investments that will increase our nation’s competitiveness, while ensuring that working families share in the benefits of the recovery.

2/4/15

This evening, President Obama laid out a vision of an America that prioritizes a strong and growing middle class. 

1/20/15

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson laid out his vision of robust federal investment in public education as a central component of the War on Poverty, marking the beginning of the successful effort to pass the bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. 

1/12/15

In order to put more Americans back to work and expand opportunities for the middle class, our nation must continue to invest in our K-12 schools, expand early childhood education, and ensure higher education is more affordable for Americans. 

9/17/14

Wanted to be sure you saw this op-ed by House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) and Rep. Aaron Schock (IL-18) in Education Week on their bipartisan legislation, the Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2014, which they introduced last week to expand the number of full-service community schools at the K-12 level around the country.

7/28/14

Madam Speaker, I rise today alongside my Republican colleague from Illinois, Representative Aaron Schock, who is here to speak about the Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2014, which we will be introducing later today. 

7/23/14

“Full-service community schools are a critical tool in the effort to close the achievement gap and ensure that we are graduating students who are college and career-ready,” stated Whip Hoyer.

7/23/14