Sheila Jackson Lee on Education

Last Updated : Oct 21, 2010

Summary

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee voted in favor of No Child Left Behind. She supports disproportional funding for minority educational districts, and increased funding in technical fields. She has sponsored several educational initiatives that provided funding based on race and gender.

 

Appropriations Requests

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has listed a number of education funding requests on her official website dealing with education initiatives.

 

Urban Energy to Education Science Initiative
$1 Million

HoustonWorks USA
2118 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77002

HoustonWorks USA has prepared a two phase program for middle school youth that would introduce them to the technology areas, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This program would recruit, engage and assist in bridging youth into energy science careers. HoustonWorks USA offers the expertise of serving youth educationally and in career awareness.

 

Campaign 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. Sheila Jackson Lee voted in favor of reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Sheila Jackson Lee 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. Sheila Jackson-Lee voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Sheila Jackson-Lee 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. Sheila Jackson-Lee voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Sheila Jackson-Lee 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. Sheila Jackson-Lee voted against the DC Scholarship Program.

Sheila Jackson-Lee 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. Sheila Jackson-Lee voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Sheila Jackson-Lee voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 415; Restorative Justice in Schools Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

Amends title II (Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow local educational agencies to use title II subgrants to train school personnel in restorative justice and conflict resolution.

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 1971; Teach for America Act - Cosponsor

To provide for recruiting, selecting, training, and supporting a national teacher corps in underserved communities.

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