Richard Burr on Education

Last Updated : Jul 16, 2010

Summary

Senator Burr is a strong supporter of the public educational system. He sponsored legislation to reauthorize No Child Left Behind noting that "we must not turn away from what we began when we passed the original No Child Left Behind." He has also sponsored legislation intended to reduce the dropout rate, such as the Graduate for a better future act.

 

No Child Left Behind Re-authorization

In July of 2007, Senator Burr introduced legislation to re-authorize the No Child Left Behind Act. He spoke about his support for the program in a press release.

 

Addressing dropout rates

In February of 2009, Senator Burr released a press statement detailing legislation he is proposing to deal with the high school dropout rate.

 

Address on Education

 

Statements on Official Website

 

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. Richard Burr voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Richard Burr voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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.

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