Kay Granger on Education

Last Updated : Aug 10, 2010

Summary

Congresswoman Granger states that she supports increased flexibility and parent choice. She has voted in favor of the DC voucher system, and in favor of allowing people to pay for college with an IRA type system.

 

Official Website Statements

Education

As a former school teacher, I am very familiar with the challenges in our classrooms. You will be pleased to know that I support increased flexibility in parent choice, coupled with greater accountability in our school system. I believe our local school boards, not the federal government, are better equipped to assess the needs and the future of our schools and our students.

Education for American children is one of my top priorities. There is no question that education is the key not only to individual opportunity, but also to our competitiveness as a nation. The government’s role should be to encourage families to get the best quality education for their children; however, the government should not make the decisions parents should be making for their children.

I have consistently supported our teachers, who have one of the most important jobs in our nation. I am committed to having safe schools, well educated teachers, and children who are well prepared to be the leaders of tomorrow.

 

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. Kay Granger voted against reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Kay Granger voted against 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. Kay Granger voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Kay Granger 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. Kay Granger voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Kay Granger 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. Kay Granger voted in favor of the DC Scholarship Program.

Kay Granger voted in favor of 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. Kay Granger voted in favor of the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Kay Granger voted in favor of the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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