David Vitter on Education

Last Updated : Sep 09, 2010


Senator Vitter has voiced support for school choice, but has not specified those comments.


Official Website Statements


Parents, along with local teachers, principals, and school boards, know best how to spend our education tax dollars.

When it comes right down to it, I trust the people in Washington Parish to make decisions regarding their children's education far more than I trust the bureaucrats in Washington, DC.

That's why I've supported education reforms to shift much more education decision-making and money back home.

Some of my other efforts to improve our schools include:

  • Visiting dozens of schools and hosting regular education forums throughout Louisiana.
  • Authoring legislation to fully fund the federal special education commitment.
  • Introducing legislation to allow schools to properly discipline special education students who bring weapons or drugs to school.
  • Co-sponsoring a $1,000 per child education tax credit.
  • Funding a $1.3 million statewide initiative to improve technology in the classroom and prepare our children for 21st Century jobs.

Voting Record

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 a great deal of support in the Senate and passed easily. David Vitter voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

David Vitter voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-S 92; 21st Century Charter School Act - Prime Sponsor

Makes public and private nonprofit entities eligible for program grants. (Currently, state educational entities are eligible for such grants.) Allows grantees to award subgrants to charter school developers or nonprofit charter support organizations and award them multiple grants to support multiple campuses of a public charter school. Sets forth additional factors that are to work in favor of grant applicants, including that their state gives public charter schools funding commensurate with that provided to other public schools, has no cap on such schools, and gives the schools a high degree of autonomy. Authorizes the use of subgrants to plan and implement, or expand existing, public charter schools. Authorizes grantees to use a portion of the grant funds reserved for administrative expenses to improve public charter school authorizing policies and practices in their area. Expands the portion of funds grantees may use in establishing revolving loan funds for loans to subgrantees for planning and operating a public charter school. Requires each public charter school participating in the program to have an independent governing board that enters into a performance-based agreement with an authorized public chartering agency that describes: (1) how student performance will be measured pursuant to the state assessments required of other schools, and (2) the criteria for renewal or revocation of their charter. Prohibits such schools from giving admissions preference to any student on the basis of prior academic achievement. Establishes two new grant programs awarding grants to: (1) public charter schools, public and private nonprofit entities, charter school developers, and nonprofit charter support organizations to disseminate charter school innovations to other schools and states; and (2) public and private nonprofit entities to demonstrate innovative credit enhancement initiatives that assist public charter schools in covering the cost of acquiring, constructing, and renovating facilities.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 100; Home School Opportunities Make Education Sound Act of 2009 - Prime Sponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow all taxpayers, including taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions, a tax deduction for expenses relating to the home schooling of their children at the elementary or secondary school level.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 326; Kids First Act - Cosponsor

Amends title XXI (State Children's Health Insurance) (SCHIP) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to revise, reauthorize, and extend the SCHIP program through FY2013 at increased levels. Repeals the limitation on the availability of SCHIP funding for FY2008-FY2009.Provides for determination of allotments for the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on expenditures and numbers of low-income children. Sets limitations on matching rates for populations other than targeted low-income children or pregnant women covered through a Section 1115 waiver.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 761; America COMPETES Act - Cosponsor

A bill to invest in innovation and education to improve the competitiveness of the United States in the global economy.

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