Todd Akin on Education

Last Updated : Oct 19, 2012

Summary

Congressman Akin is strongly supportive of local control of education. He voted against No Child Left Behind in 2001 and has supported vouchers. He has stated that the federal government only adds inefficiency to the education process and he supports eliminating the Department of Education.

Testing

in 2001, Congressman Akin put forth an amendment to the No Child Left Behind legislation that would require that tests be of objective knowledge, based on widely accepted professional testing and assessment standards, and shall not assess the personal opinions, attitudes, or beliefs of the student being assessed.

Vouchers

In 2002, Congressman Akin reacted to a Supreme Court decision suporting the legality of vouchers by stating that it cleared the air when it comes to the question of voucher’s constitutionality. He added that allowing vouchers or tax credits increases choice for parents when addressing one of their most important responsibilities, the education of their children and that choice and local autonomy is of upmost importance in providing quality education.

Opposition to Federal Control of Student Loans

In 2009, Congressman Akin opposed the portion of the Affordable Care Act that made all student loans federal and ended private loans by stating tearing down the FFEL program will mean less choice, competition and diversity in student loans. He added that the Democrats seem obsessed with federalizing much of our economy and the government control and the dismantling of FFEL is to the detriment of students and the private lending sector.

 

Testing Amendment

In May of 2001, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting an amendment that he was proposing to require that tests be of knowledge and not personal opinions.

 

Support for Vouchers

In June of 2002, Congressman Akin issued a press statement noting a recent supreme court decision and his support for vouchers.

 

Opposition to Government Takeover

In September of 2009, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his opposition to the student loan portion of the health care law that would take over all student loans.

 

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. Todd Akin voted against reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Todd Akin 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. Todd Akin voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Todd Akin 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. Todd Akin voted against the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Todd Akin voted against the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

 

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-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-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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