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 Fiscal Year 2018 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. During the worst of the Great Recession, Democrats helped prevent 300,000 layoffs of teachers and other important school personnel across our nation - layoffs that would have crowded our classrooms and harmed the quality of our kids’ education. We also helped save additional jobs across the country when Congress approved additional aid for K-12 educators in 2010.

While Republicans voted to cut Pell grants, which would affect nearly 10 million students, Democrats have been committed to making higher education more accessible and affordable for students. During the 111th Congress, under a Democratic majority, Democrats increased Pell grants, cut red tape in the loan process and made it easier to repay student loans once students join the workforce. We 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

Sixty years ago tomorrow, the Supreme Court issued its historic, unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, ending the shameful practice of legal segregation in schools throughout our country.

5/16/14

I was proud to vote for H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act, which passed the House today with a bipartisan vote of 360-45.  This legislation ensures quality, equity, and transparency in the federal Charter School Program. 

5/9/14

This morning’s headline says it all. Instead of focusing on bipartisan legislation this week as originally intended, the GOP just couldn’t help themselves.  Now the focus is on their partisan bills – which, as National Journal points out, is overshadowing the bipartisan charter schools bill on the Floor this week.

From National Journal:

5/7/14

As Budget Chairman Paul Ryan continues his “poverty messaging tour” today, with both a Budget hearing and CBC meeting, your ever-helpful Democratic Whip press shop put some questions together for you to ask him. There’s a lot to choose from, including his budget that disinvests in the majority of critical programs that prevent poverty and help people get out of it, and a voting record that doesn’t reflect an interest in ending poverty. Here are just a few questions to get you started:

4/30/14

“I was pleased to join President Obama today at Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland, as he spoke about his Administration’s ConnectED public-private partnership to connect our nation’s classrooms to the internet and deploy the latest technologies to help our children acquire the skills that will set them on the path to future success

2/4/14

“The signing into law of the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act today represents a significant victory for students and their families,” Whip Hoyer said. 

11/13/13

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statements following Senate passage of the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act

11/1/13

“I am very pleased that the Senate unanimously passed the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act today – legislation I have been pushing the Congress to adopt for several years.  This bill, which I introduced with Rep. Dr. Phil Roe and which passed the House earlier this year, will save lives and provide parents and educators with peace of mind that students with food allergies will be safe at school. 

10/31/13

“By approving the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which will save lives by ensuring that students suffering from food allergies have access to life-saving epinephrine, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee today took an important step toward its enactment into law. 

10/30/13

Another day, another story on the  negative impact of the sequester. In today’s case, two stories. First, the Washington Post details how children across the country are being disadvantaged by cuts to Head Start:

8/19/13

"The enactment of this bill into law will save students billions of dollars in student loan interest rate payments over the next five years.

8/9/13

“I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans in the House were able to come together today to pass the Senate’s bipartisan compromise that will keep student loan interest rates low for borrowers. 

7/31/13

As the irrational, Republican policy of sequester continues, more news this morning about the consequences of leaving this senseless policy in place without a balanced alternative to replace it.  According to a report in POLITICO, the sequester’s furloughs of teachers, administrators, and support staff at Defense Department schools at installations around the world are set to delay school openings by as many as five days.  For students, especially those beginning at new schools or e

7/26/13

“I am encouraged that the Senate has adopted a bipartisan compromise that will keep student loan interest rates low.  Education has always been a pathway to opportunities in our country, and we must make sure that those students who work hard to reach college can afford to attend.

7/24/13

“We ought to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – but do it in a way that helps more children succeed in school and graduate prepared for college or a career.   However, instead of promoting student success, this bill will leave more children behind – and it will leave our economy behind as well by undermining our ability to train and secure a highly skilled and competitive workforce for the twenty-first century. 

7/19/13

House Republicans’ proposed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has garnered a wide range of opposition.  Instead of working toward a bipartisan solution to reauthorize ESEA, the Republican bill includes extreme policies that undermine our ability to ensure all students receive a world-class education.

7/18/13

“It is disturbing that House Republicans are only interested in shifting the blame for their refusal to compromise – and for its consequences. 

7/8/13

“It is extremely disappointing that Congress has failed to act to keep student loan interest rates low.  It was no surprise that rates would double today from 3.4% to 6.8%, but partisan dysfunction in Congress continues to stand in the way of solving even the most predictable and easily preventable problems facing our country. 

7/1/13

After House Republicans’ deep divisions led to the failure of the Farm bill last week, Congress has less than one week remaining before the July 4th district work period to address several crucial issues. Here’s a look at legislation that the Republican leadership should bring to the House Floor for consideration, but instead continues to ignore:

6/25/13

“Unless Congress acts by July 1, interest rates for student loans will double from 3.4% to 6.8%.

6/13/13

“I am glad that President Obama highlighted the issue of student loan interest rates today, which Congress must address before the deadline of July 1. 

5/31/13

“The President’s visits to Moravia Park Elementary School, a Judy Center; Ellicott Dredges; and the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore today show that he remains focused on creating jobs and opportunities for families in America.

5/17/13

Continued refusal by the Republican leadership to stop the sequester has resulted in the reckless, across-the-board spending cuts going into effect. One of the areas that could be impacted by these irrational cuts are education and job readiness programs that invest in our future.  

3/7/13