John Cornyn on Education

Last Updated : Nov 08, 2010


When he came into office, Senator Conryn was a supporter of No Child Left Behind and the federal standards it set. He stated that the legislation set high standards for public education and would assist every child in achieving their god-given potential. In recent years, Senator Cornyn has been critical of federal requirements, but has been hesitant to name the program in his remarks. He has been supportive of the A-PLUS program, which he claims would move the decision making ability out of Washington and back to the local school systems. He stated that the bureaucracy in Washington was Kudzu like in its ability to grow into local school systems, and that eliminating this regulatory burden was essential in improving the education system.

By 2008, Senator had become a strong advocate for allowing states and school systems to be given more freedom to dismiss the federal guidelines. He stated that sweeping federal mandates had placed onerous burdens on school systems, which have resulted in a tangled bureaucratic web of regulations that hamstring states, parents and students. 


Support for No Child Left Behind

In January of 2004, Senator Cornyn issued a press statement noting the 2 year anniversary of NCLB and his support for the program.


Religion in School

In March of 2005, Senator Cornyn released a press statement noting legislation he had introduced to strengthen the Equal Access Act and prohibit discrimination of religious groups by public schools.

In April of 2007, Senator Cornyn released a press statement noting what others were saying about his legislation. 


Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) Act of 2007

In January of 2007, Senator Cornyn released a press statement noting legislation that he was proposing to further reform the education system.

Senator Cornyn spoke about the A-PLUS legislation on his 2008 campaign website. He stated that the legislation returned control of the local education decisions to the local authorities.


Renewed Calls for Reform of NCLB

In March of 2008, Senator Cornyn released a press statement renewing a call to reform NCLB by allowing more choice in schools.


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. John Cornyn voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

John Cornyn voted in favor of 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.

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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