Michael Burgess on Education

Last Updated : Aug 03, 2010

Official Website Statements

Education is one of the most important gifts we can give our children, and I have always been a strong supporter of the need for high quality education in all age groups. The next generation must have the skills to find jobs, defend our nation and stimulate the economy. I am proud of the education system in Texas, especially the teachers who commit their lives to fostering the academic growth of our students. As the parent of two teachers and a grandfather, I will work to ensure the growth and progress of our country by giving our students the education they need to succeed in a global economy.

As our federal government continues to attempt to create an efficient education system, the simple fact is that parents can make better choices about their children's education than the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. I believe the availability of school choice will both provide more students with access to better schools and also induce public schools to improve as a result of market competition. It is for this reason that I support local control over education. I firmly believe that state governments, local school boards, teachers, parents and students must be the ones that set the agenda for education, and they must have the responsibility of controlling the money.
 

 

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. Michael Burgess voted against reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Michael Burgess 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. Michael Burgess voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Michael Burgess voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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

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