Jackie Speier on Education

Last Updated : May 27, 2010

 2010 Re-Election Campaign Website Statements

Issues: Education

Our Constitution does not authorize the federal government to play any formal part in local education and our Founders clearly never envisioned the overbearing role it now plays. As the federal government has increased its role in key classroom decision, students have not benefited. Federal education bureaucrats in Washington—many of whom have never set foot in a classroom as a teacher or parent—are increasingly setting the course in our communities. Our nation would be better served by returning resources and decisions to the state and community, and ultimately to parents, where they belong.

"Our Constitution does not authorize the federal government to play any formal part in local education and our Founders clearly never envisioned the overbearing role it now plays." "Our Constitution does not authorize the federal government to play any formal part in local education and our Founders clearly never envisioned the overbearing role it now plays."

In the interim, I believe federal education funds should limited directed away from federal bureaucracies and the US Department of Education should be barred from making curriculum decisions for local educators.

As a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, I will continue to play an active role in reviewing key federal education programs like No Child Left Behind.

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. Tom Coburn voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Tom Coburn 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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