Ted Poe on Education

Last Updated : Oct 25, 2010


Congressman Poe has co-sponsored legislation indicating that he supports merit pay for teachers, and that he supports the rightsof states and localities to control education locally. He has spoken out against efforts by the federal government to force Texas to conform to national standards by removing funding.


Co-Sponsored Legislation

Congressman Poe has listed the education legislation that he has cosponsored in some sessions of congress. In one of sessions, he lists bills to create better methods of merit pay for teachers and the ability to opt out of federal funding if a state chooses to do so.



Texas and Federal Funding

In September of 2010, Congressman Poe released a press statement noting his opposition to an portion of a spending bill put forth by Congressman Doggett. The Doggett language would require Texas to commit to more rigorous standards than other states to receive the same funding.


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. Ted Poe voted against reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

Ted Poe 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. Ted Poe voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Ted Poe voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3177; Local Education Authority Returns Now Act - Cosponsor

Requires the Secretary of the Treasury to make an annual determination of states that have chosen to opt-out of K-12 education grant programs.Requires the Secretary of Education to determine credits due to states as opt-out state education amounts.Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow individual taxpayers in states that opt-out a refundable tax credit for a share of the opt-out amount creditable to such states.

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