Lee Terry on Education

Last Updated : Oct 03, 2010

Campaign Website Statements

Lee Terry on the issues:

EDUCATION

I believe that every child deserves the chance to receive a high education. As the most flourishing country in the world, the United States’ education system should reflect America’s determination and commitment. Education is the key to America’s future. One of the things we have to do now is reform No Child Left Behind. Our education system needs accountable methods to measure student and teacher achievement. This accountability needs to start with the state school districts and parents. If the power to make important decisions involving education is made through local administrators and parents, accountability systems would be easier to implement and follow up on. We need our children to be prepared to compete in the 21st century global economy. The only way to make this happen is through education reform and accountability.

I sponsored H.R. 2958, The State and Local Education Flexibility Act of 2009. This bill, if passed, would alter the pre-existing requirements that determine if states and local school systems are reaching sufficient yearly progress. Something needs to be done to hold schools accountable for their progress each year.

 

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. Lee Terry voted in favor of reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Lee Terry 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. Lee Terry voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Lee Terry 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. Lee Terry voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Lee Terry voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

 

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.

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