Michele Bachmann on Education

Last Updated : Dec 10, 2011

Summary

Congresswoman Bachmann supports the return of education control to the states, and the reduction in scope and size of the Department of Education. She has not specified the amount of reduction, and the amount of control returned to the state.

One of the examples cited by Congresswoman Bachmann as an overeach of federal power causing unintended consequences is No Child Left Behind. She notes that the school districts are required to give the standardized tests as part of NCLB if they want government funding, but the cost of those tests are extreme and the unintended consequences include teaching to the test. She has stated that the program makes it impossible for school districts and teachers to adjust to the needs of their children.

To address these problems, Congresswoman Bachmann had proposed the A-Plus Act. The A-Plus Act would allow states to develop their own curriculums under the guidance of the U.S. Department of Education.

 

Support for NCLB Reform

In March of 2007, Congresswoman Bachmann released a statement noting her support for reforming No Child Left Behind.

 

NCLB Misses the Mark

In August of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed discussing the need for reform to the No Child Left Behind Program.

 

Spending Cuts for NCLB

In November of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann appeared on "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer. When asked about what programs she would cut, she responded that she opposed the No Child Left Behind Program, and that she would cut the Department of Education to at least the levels of 2008 spending.

 

Palmetto Freedom Forum

In August of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann participated in the Palmetto Freedom Forum in South Carolina. She spoke about education and the constition and noted that the involvement of the federal government in education was not constitutional.

 

Fox News / Google Debate

In September of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann participated in the Fox News / Google debate. She was asked about education and stated that she would repeal the education laws, end the department of education, and return the funding to the states.

 

Huckabee Forum

In December of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann participated in a forum that was hosted by Mike Huckabee. In that forum, she was asked abut the abolishment of the Department of Education and states that she would indeed support abolishing that department.

 

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. Michele Bachmann voted against reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Michele Bachmann 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. Michele Bachmann voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Michele Bachmann voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3888; More Children, More Choices Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To provide for a 5-year SCHIP reauthorization for coverage of low-income children, an expansion of child health care insurance coverage through tax fairness, and a health care Federalism initiative, and for other purposes.

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-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.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 6400; State Temporary Economic Priority (STEP) Act - Cosponsor

Authorizes states to transfer or consolidate funds made available to them under certain federal transportation, education, and job training programs: (1) beginning with the calendar quarter after the United States experiences economic growth at an annual rate of less than 1% for two consecutive calendar quarters; and (2) continuing until 18 months after it experiences economic growth at an annual rate of 1% or more for two consecutive calendar quarters.

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.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 1833; Children's Hope Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow a tax credit of up to $100 ($200 for joint returns) for charitable contributions to an education investment organization that disburses 90% of its contributions to provide grants to students for elementary and secondary education expenses, if at least 50% of such disbursements go to students who qualify for free or reduced-cost school lunches. Requires a taxpayer claiming such credit, as a condition of eligibility to receive it, to first claim a state qualified scholarship tax credit.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 2274; Priorities in Education Spending Act - Cosponsor

Repeals specified provisions of the: (1) Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; (2) Early Learning Opportunities Act; (3) Higher Education Act of 1965; (4) Higher Education Amendments of 1998; (5) Education of the Deaf Act of 1986; (6) Higher Education Opportunity Act; (7) Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980; (8) Higher Education Amendments of 1992; (9) Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968; (10) Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006; (11) Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act of 2004; (12) Head Start Act; (13) Workforce Investment Act; (14) National Environmental Education Act; and (15) America COMPETES Act. Prohibits the Secretary of Education from obligating any funds to implement a literacy program for prisoners under the National Literacy Act of 1991.

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