Jack Kingston on Education

Last Updated : Jul 13, 2012

Official Website Statements

Education

The future of America lies in our youth. From enacting sound legislation to speaking to young people from across Georgia and our great Nation, I have made education a top priority throughout my career.

The competition for the leaders, innovators and workers of tomorrow is no longer across town, it is now around the world. To best prepare the students of today for the challenges of tomorrow, we must provide a well-rounded education. The challenge we face is finding a balance between testing accountability and curriculum viability.

States and local governments have a better understanding of the demographics, unique challenges, and rate of improvement for individual school systems. When it comes to a child's education, decisions should be left to those who know best how to make them: parents, local school districts, and states. I have supported and will continue to support education legislation, like the A-PLUS Act, that gives power back to states allowing them to implement initiatives that each state individually develops to best meet the unique needs of their particular students.

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. Jack Kingston voted against reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Jack Kingston 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. Jack Kingston voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Jack Kingston 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. Jack Kingston voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Jack Kingston 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. Jack Kingston voted in favor of the DC Scholarship Program.

Jack Kingston 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. Jack Kingston voted in favor of the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Jack Kingston voted in favor of the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1539; Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act or the A PLUS Act - Cosponsor

Allows each state to submit to the Secretary of Education a declaration of intent, applicable for up to five years, permitting it to receive federal funds on a consolidated basis that would otherwise be directed toward specific programs furthering the stated purpose of title I (Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Requires each declaration to be formulated by a combination of specified State Authorizing Officials or by referendum, and list the programs for which consolidated funding is requested. Allows states to use such funds for any educational purpose permitted by state law, but requires states to make certain assurances that they will use fiscal control and fund accounting procedures, abide by federal civil rights laws, and advance educational opportunities for the disadvantaged. Allows states to amend their declarations. Requires each declaration state to: (1) inform the public of its student achievement assessment system and annually report on student progress toward the state's proficiency standards, disaggregating performance data by specified student groups; and (2) keep aggregate spending on elementary and secondary education at no less than 90% of such spending for the school year coinciding with this Act's enactment. Limits administrative expenses. Requires consolidated funds to be distributed in a manner that allows for the equitable, as determined by each state, participation of private schools.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 1717; Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act or the A PLUS Act - Cosponsor

Allows each state to submit to the Secretary of Education a declaration of intent, applicable for up to five years, permitting it to receive federal funds on a consolidated basis that would otherwise be directed toward specific programs furthering the stated purpose of title I (Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Requires each declaration to be formulated by a combination of specified State Authorizing Officials or by referendum, and list the programs for which consolidated funding is requested. Allows states to use such funds for any educational purpose permitted by state law, but requires them to make certain assurances that they will use fiscal control and fund accounting procedures, abide by federal civil rights laws, and advance educational opportunities for the disadvantaged. Allows states to amend their declarations. Requires each declaration state to: (1) inform the public of its student achievement assessment system and report annually on student progress toward the state's proficiency standards, disaggregating performance data by specified student groups; and (2) keep aggregate spending on elementary and secondary education at no less than 90% of such spending for the school year coinciding with this Act's enactment. Limits administrative expenses. Requires consolidated funds to be distributed in a manner that allows for the equitable participation of private schools.

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