Diana DeGette on Education

Last Updated : Jul 21, 2010

Summary

Senator Wyden states that he supports the Head Start and other pre-k programs, and he is a strong proponent of title 9 policies in education. 

Senator Wyden voted in favor of the 2001 No Child Left Behind legislation, but states that it was not funded as President Bush promised. In 2004, he proposed a 5 pillar plan to reform the system which included composite scoring for teachers, provisions for rural teachers, parental involvement, a national teacher workforce strategy, and special tests and scoring for non-english speaking students.

 

Press release on No Child Left Behind

In March of 2004, Senator Wyden outlined his ideas of how NCLB should be reformed. He looks at fairness in student testing and school ratings, teacher recruitment and retention, and parental involvement. 

 

Statements on Official Website

Voting Record

America COMPETES Reauthorization Act

In May of 2010 the House voted on reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act. The act passed the House 262-150. Diana DeGette voted in favor of reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Diana DeGette 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. Diana DeGette voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Diana DeGette voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

No Child Left Behind was the primary focus of the Bush administration prior to 9/11. The bill requires states to develop assessments in basic skills to be given to all students in certain grades, if those states are to receive federal funding for schools. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard; standards are set by each individual state. The bill got the support of most Democrats and Republicans and passed the House in a 384-45 vote. Diana DeGette voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Diana DeGette voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

DC Scholarship Program

In 1998, the House voted on an amendment to the yearly appropriations bill to Washington D.C.. The amendment allocated $7 Million dollars to a program for scholarships to low-income children. The amendment was ' agreed to with the support of most Republicans and most Democrats. Diana DeGette voted against the DC Scholarship Program.

Diana DeGette voted against the DC Scholarship Program.

Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998

This 1998 legislation would have allowed people to take money from their IRAs to pay for qualified elementary and secondary education expenses, including home schooling expenses. It increased the annual contribution limit from $500 to $2,000. It permits corporations to contribute to education IRAs. Although the bill passed both the house and the Senate, it was vetoed by the President. Diana DeGette voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Diana DeGette voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1971; Teach for America Act - Cosponsor

To provide for recruiting, selecting, training, and supporting a national teacher corps in underserved communities.

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