Sherrod Brown on Education

Last Updated : Nov 05, 2012

Summary

Senator Brown is a strong supporter of federal government control of education and programs to expand school feeding programs, after school assistance, and making schools the center of the community.

Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008

In 2008, Senator Brown noted in a newsletter that college costs had increase by 28% at public institutions while incomes had risen only 2.7%. He stated that everyone that wanted to go to college should be able to go. He noted hat the Higher Education Act capitalized on investments Congress made by simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, requiring greater oversight of the student loan industry, and eliminating conflicts of interest between lenders and school officials. It also ensures that parents and students have access to accurate and objective data on college costs.

Hunger Free Schools Act

In 2009, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor in support of the Hunger Free Schools Act. He noted that 13 million people in the US are "food insecure" and that the program was needed because it would require 95% of students that were expected to qualified for free lunches be signed up and provide incentives to high performance schools, expand access to child nutrition programs by requiring school districts to utilize data from Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program to directly certify more students for free school meals, and achieve universal access for high poverty schools by allowing schools or districts serving a high proportion of low-income children to offer free lunches to all students.

The Diploma Act

In 2010, Senator Brown introduced the Diploma Act which he said would help states meet the challenges influencing student achievement by promoting a shared, comprehensive approach to education. He asserted that the legislation would help states close the achievement gap by building integrated, collaborative systems to support children by making schools the centers of community. Specifically, the legislation would provide funds to conduct assessments of community assets and needs, develop a plan to address the needs, provide opportunities such as tutoring and dropout prevention and health services.

 

September 2008 Newsletter

In September 2008, Senator Brown wrote in his newsletter about the actions taken to address the costs of college.

 

Summer School Lunch Program

In June of 2009, Senator Brown released a press statement noting his sponsorship of The Hunger Free Schools Act. This legislation was designed to increase the number of children available for reduced or free lunches by creating incentives for states to expedite the approval process so that the demographics of those on assistance match government estimates. The legislation also sought to allow "universal access" for schools in high poverty areas. This would allow an entire school to simply provide free lunches to all students rather than enroll students on an individual basis.

In May of 2010, Senator Brown made a web video discussing the programs that allow children to continue to receive lunches from the school during the summer months when school is not in session.

 

Community Based Education

In July of 2010, Senator Brown released a press statement noting his recent legislation titled the DIPLOMA Act.

 

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. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Sherrod Brown 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. Sherrod Brown voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Sherrod Brown 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. Sherrod Brown voted against the DC Scholarship Program.

Sherrod Brown 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. Sherrod Brown voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Sherrod Brown voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 244; Education Begins at Home Act - Cosponsor

Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with the Secretary of Education, to make: (1) grants to states for programs of early childhood home visitation; and (2) competitive grants to local educational agencies and other eligible applicants for early home visitation for families with English language learners. Directs the Secretary of Defense, in collaboration with the Secretary of Education, to make competitive grants to eligible applicants for early home visitation for military families. Directs the Secretary of HHS to develop and implement a public information and educational campaign to inform the public and new parents about the importance of proper care for infants and children under five years of age.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3739; Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Amends the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to require: (1) states to use grants for safe and drug-free schools to collect and report information on the incidence of bullying and harassment; and (2) local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools to use subgrants to prevent and respond to incidents of bullying and harassment. Requires such LEAs or schools to: (1) notify parents and students annually of conduct prohibited in their school discipline policies, that now must include bullying and harassment; and (2) establish grievance procedures for students and parents to register complaints regarding such conduct.

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.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3739; Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Amends the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to require: (1) states to use grants for safe and drug-free schools to collect and report information on the incidence of bullying and harassment; and (2) local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools to use subgrants to prevent and respond to incidents of bullying and harassment. Requires such LEAs or schools to: (1) notify parents and students annually of conduct prohibited in their school discipline policies, that now must include bullying and harassment; and (2) establish grievance procedures for students and parents to register complaints regarding such conduct.

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