Leonard Boswell on Education

Last Updated : Sep 14, 2010

Summary

Congressman Boswell voted for and supports the No Child Left Behind Act, but states that changes need to be made to the program. He supports the public education system and has voted against the DC voucher program, and against the use of IRA type programs to pay for school. He supports increased funding for programs that pay for meals at school, and before and after school.

 

Official Website Statements

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

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. Leonard Boswell voted in favor of reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Leonard Boswell 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. Leonard Boswell voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Leonard Boswell 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. Leonard Boswell voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Leonard Boswell 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. Leonard Boswell voted against the DC Scholarship Program.

Leonard Boswell 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. Leonard Boswell voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Leonard Boswell voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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