Jason Altmire on Education

Last Updated : Apr 18, 2012

Summary

Congressman Altmire supports federal government education and control of education. He has been supportive of the goals of No Child Left Behind, but critical of its funding and techniques. In 2007, he noted after a townhall that the program was not properly funded and needed to be reformed to grant more flexibility to states to alter techniques for testing and performance metrics and illegal immigrants. He also supports Head Start programs and authored legislation to improve that program.

Congressman Altmire also supported the College Cost Reduction Act which limited the amount of money that a person could pay to student loans to 15% of their income per month. In addition to this, he supports Reading First programs and authored legislation to provide more integrity to the program.

 

The Future of NCLB

In September of 2007, Congressman Altmire issued a press statement noting his views on the future of No Child Left Behind.

 

College Cost Reduction and Access Act

In September of 2007, Congressman Altmire issued a press statement noting his support for the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

 

Education Advisor and Integrity Act

In October of 2007, Congressman Altmire issued a press statement noting legislation that he had introduced called the Education Advisor and Contractor Integrity Act.

 

Official 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. Jason Altmire voted in favor of reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Jason Altmire 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. Jason Altmire voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Jason Altmire 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

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 2928; Graduation Promise Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To provide grants to States to improve high schools and raise graduation rates while ensuring rigorous standards, to develop and implement effective school models for struggling students and dropouts, and to improve State policies to raise graduation rates, and for other purposes.

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