Gabrielle Giffords on Education
Congresswoman Giffords has broken the problems with No Child Left Behind into 5 areas: underfunded mandate, Special Education Students and English Language Learners (ELLs), measuring student leaning and school performance, teaching to the test, and increasing the number of teachers.
To address these items, Congresswoman Giffords has asked that the proper amount of funding be allocated from the federal government, that measures be taken to prevent new english speakers from being considered in testing scores, that student progress over time, and graduation and dropout rates be considered in performance, and better pay for teachers. Congresswoman Giffords has stated that she would not support NCLB reauthorization if these items are not addressed.
Testimony of NCLB
In May of 2007, Congresswoman Giffords released a press statement noting testimony about the NCLB. That testimony is shown below.
Campaign Website Statements
America COMPETES Reauthorization Act
In May of 2010 the House voted on reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act. The act passed the House 262-150. Gabrielle Giffords voted in favor of reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.
Gabrielle Giffords voted in favor of reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.
College Cost Reduction and Access Act
The College Cost Reduction and Access Act is a significant education bill dealing largely with funding for higher education. The bill removes tuition sensitivity for Pell Grants, increases the amount available for Pell grants, Funds the Upward Bound program, establishes the TEACH Grants, reduces student loan repayment rates, sets deferments based on need and establishes some partner based grants. The bill got the full support of the Democrats, but passed with the support of only about 1/4 of the Republicans. Gabrielle Giffords voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.
Gabrielle Giffords voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.
Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation
America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 or America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Reauthorization Act of 2010