Eddie Bernice Johnson on Education

Last Updated : Aug 03, 2010

Campaign Website Statements

Education

Congresswoman Johnson believes that the United States Congress must support high quality education to remain competitive in the world.

As a mother and grandmother of three, she understands that nothing is more important than the education we provide our children. While there is no substitute for local control of our schools, she believes the federal government has a key role in modernizing our schools, reducing class size, and empowering our teachers. The importance of quality education for our country's future requires a sustained national effort. With your approval, she will continue to work hard to provide an equal high quality education for all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, financial status, or location.

The Dallas Independent School District is the twelfth largest school district in the country and is still the fastest growing in the school-aged population. Congresswoman Johnson's record on education highlights the need to increase funding for school construction and modernization, provide the necessary resources for teacher training and retraining, allow adequate flexibility for educators to do their jobs, while fighting for programs to counter Dallas County's high dropout rate.

Congresswoman is leading the fight to increase funding in the "No Child Left Behind Act" for programs aimed at keeping kids in school by expanding after-school programs in high risk districts. Congresswoman Johnson has also testified in front of the New Science Board Commission about the implications of an inadequate educational infrastructure in math and science. She helped secure $978 million for science and math education through the National Science Foundation.

 

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. Eddie Bernice Johnson voted in favor of reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Eddie Bernice Johnson 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. Eddie Bernice Johnson voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Eddie Bernice Johnson voted in favor of 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. Eddie Bernice Johnson voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Eddie Bernice Johnson voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

DC Scholarship Program

In 1998, the House voted on an amendment to the yearly appropriations bill to Washington D.C.. The amendment allocated $7 Million dollars to a program for scholarships to low-income children. The amendment was ' agreed to with the support of most Republicans and most Democrats. Eddie Bernice Johnson voted against the DC Scholarship Program.

Eddie Bernice Johnson voted against the DC Scholarship Program.

Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998

This 1998 legislation would have allowed people to take money from their IRAs to pay for qualified elementary and secondary education expenses, including home schooling expenses. It increased the annual contribution limit from $500 to $2,000. It permits corporations to contribute to education IRAs. Although the bill passed both the house and the Senate, it was vetoed by the President. Eddie Bernice Johnson voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Eddie Bernice Johnson voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

 

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-111; Bill Number-H R 4870; Healthy School Meals Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to select school food authorities to participate in a pilot program evaluating the use of plant-based alternate protein products and fluid milk substitutes under the school lunch and breakfast programs. Directs the Secretary to: (1) deliver plant-based alternate protein products and fluid milk substitutes to such food authorities at no cost for the preparation of meals under the school lunch and breakfast programs; and (2) assess which of such foods would be best for more general use in the school lunch and breakfast programs, and deliver them for general use under such programs, within two years of this Acts' enactment.

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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