Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on Education

Last Updated : Jun 26, 2012

Campaign Website Statements

Education

As a father of four young boys who attend Florida's public schools, Gus is a strong proponent of our nation's public education system.

He has introduced legislation to make college more affordable by raising the maximum federal assistance that deserving students are awarded and supported legislation to significantly increase federal education funding.

Gus has also voted to improve the Head Start program to help close the learning gap between children from disadvantaged families and their more well-off peers.

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. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted against reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted against 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. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted against 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. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 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. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted in favor of the DC Scholarship Program.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted in favor of 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. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted in favor of the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted in favor of the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3177; Local Education Authority Returns Now Act - Cosponsor

Requires the Secretary of the Treasury to make an annual determination of states that have chosen to opt-out of K-12 education grant programs.Requires the Secretary of Education to determine credits due to states as opt-out state education amounts.Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow individual taxpayers in states that opt-out a refundable tax credit for a share of the opt-out amount creditable to such states.

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