Ben Chandler on Education

Last Updated : Oct 06, 2010

Official Website Statements

EDUCATION:

We must continue to strive for educational improvements in order to provide every child in America with a quality education. Numerous studies cite a direct correlation between modern, functional school facilities and student achievement. For this reason, I introduced the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act, which if signed into law will provide $6.4 billion in year one to our nation’s schools for modernization, renovation, and repair. In addition to properly funding our school districts through the Title I program and the Individuals with Disabilities Act, we must also focus on recruiting dedicated, quality teachers to the classroom. Over the next ten years, our local school systems will need to hire 2.5 million new teachers to keep pace with growing class sizes. Higher education must also be made more accessible and more affordable so that every Kentuckian who seeks to further his or her education can do so.

 

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. Ben Chandler voted in favor of reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Ben Chandler 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. Ben Chandler voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Ben Chandler voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5116; America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 or America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Reauthorization Act of 2010

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