Ed Royce on Education

Last Updated : Oct 16, 2012


Senator McCaskill's campaign website states that she is committed to providing support for programs, such as Head Start, and that reforms are needed to No Child Left Behind (NCLB). She states that NCLB has failed because it has led to a one-size-fits-all approach and of its mandated programs have been chronically underfunded.

Senator McCaskill states that she supports determining whether a school is effective over time rather than based upon more than just the students' performance on a single, statewide test. She adds that instead of punishing low-performing schools, the federal government needs to offer financial resources, technical assistance and other supportive interventions.

To help retain teachers, Senator McCaskill supports increased student loan repayments for teachers, and her support of the stimulus to retain pay for teachers in Missouri and other states.


Higher Education Act of 2007

In July of 2007, Senator McCaskill released a press statement noting her support for the Higher Education Act of 2007.


Official Website Statements


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. Claire McCaskill voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Claire McCaskill voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 250; Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to replace the hope scholarship and lifetime learning tax credits with a higher education opportunity tax credit.Allows a higher education opportunity tax credit for the lesser of: (1) the sum of 100% of qualified tuition and related expenses (including a certain allowance for books) up to $2,000, 50% for such expenses between $2,000 and $4,000, and 25% of such expenses between $4,000 and $8,000; or (2) the excess (if any) of $16,000 over aggregate credits from prior taxable years. Reduces credit amounts for taxpayers with modified adjusted gross incomes over $70,000 ($140,000 in the case of a joint return). Limits such credit to three eligible students per taxpayer in any taxable year. Denies such tax credit to certain part time students and students convicted of a felony drug offense.Repeals the tax deduction for qualified tuition and related expenses.

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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