Lincoln Davis on Education

Last Updated : Oct 07, 2010

Official Website Statements

Education

Ensuring our children have the proper tools to succeed in life is a top priority. My wife, two of my daughters, and a son-in-law are Tennessee educators. Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Alvin C. York once said one of the great liberating influences in life is an education. York, returning from the battlefields in France, during World War I, came back to Tennessee regretting he never received an education. He spent the rest of his life making sure citizens of the Upper Cumberland realized the liberating influences of an education through his numerous philanthropic works.

I, like Sgt. York, believe a quality education and perseverance can open doors and put you on the path to success. It's also my firm belief that educating our children starts and continues at home, not just in the classroom. One reason we have seen a sharp increase in graduation rates over the years is due to our emphasis of funding and expanding public schools in rural areas. The 1940 U.S. Census reported only 2.7% of people twentyfive years old and older had four years of high school in the Fourth Congressional District. The national average was 24.5%. In 2000, the ratio increased to 69% while the national average rose to 84.1%.

Tennessee was one of two states selected to receive millions of dollars for education in the federal government's Race to the Top competition, authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

 

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. Lincoln Davis voted in favor of reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Lincoln Davis 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. Lincoln Davis voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Lincoln Davis 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

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