Solomon Ortiz on Education

Last Updated : Aug 03, 2010

Official Website Statements

Promoting Education for Our Youth
Congressman Ortiz recognizes that the path to success is rooted in education. His top priority is maintaining the South Texas economy and facilitating job growth. The Congressman continuously encourages young people to obtain their educational goals and return to South Texas—a critical component to a strong economy.

Making higher education an affordable dream for South Texas families continues to be a goal for Congressman Ortiz. It’s important that the Federal government do all it can to ensure an educated workforce; thus, it has a role in keeping the cost of going to college low. Federal loan and grant programs such as Stafford, Perkins, and Pell are all essential to that objective—and funding these programs must remain a national priority.

 

Campaign Website Statements

EDUCATION

Congressman Ortiz recognizes that the path to success is rooted in education. His top priority is maintaining the South Texas economy and facilitating job growth. The Congressman continuously encourages young people to obtain their educational goals and return to South Texas—a critical component to a strong economy.

Making higher education an affordable dream for South Texas families continues to be a goal for Congressman Ortiz. It’s important that the Federal government do all it can to ensure an educated workforce; thus, it has a role in keeping the cost of going to college low. Federal loan and grant programs such as Stafford, Perkins, and Pell are all essential to that objective—and funding these programs must remain a national priority.

 

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. Solomon Ortiz voted in favor of reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Solomon Ortiz 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. Solomon Ortiz voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Solomon Ortiz 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. Solomon Ortiz voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Solomon Ortiz 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. Solomon Ortiz voted against the DC Scholarship Program.

Solomon Ortiz 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. Solomon Ortiz voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Solomon Ortiz voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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.

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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