Shelley Berkley on Education

Last Updated : Oct 28, 2012

Summary

After School Programs

In 1999, Congresswoman Berkley spoke about the need for after school programs. She stated that the two most important issues in education funding were the after-school programs and the summer school programs. She noted that the the reason for this was that a large number children were going home to empty houses because their parents are working and there is nobody there to take care of them. She asserted that if we can provide after-school programs for these kids, it actually satisfies two needs that we have in southern Nevada: it gives them a wholesome place to come after school, and it gives them an opportunity to get additional mentoring so that they can learn the material that they have to learn in order to pass to the next grade.

 

After School Programs

In March of 1999 Congresswoman Berkley spoke on the House floor about the need for after school programs.

  

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. Shelley Berkley voted in favor of reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Shelley Berkley 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. Shelley Berkley cast a "No Vote"

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. Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1971; Teach for America Act - Cosponsor

To provide for recruiting, selecting, training, and supporting a national teacher corps in underserved communities.

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