Education

Educating Our Children
I believe every child, regardless of race, income level, or location should receive a quality education and have the ability to go to college.  When we allow our young people to learn, we bridge a divide.  A good education offers every child a chance to prosper.

I’ve hosted numerous forums and events related to STEM education, because know how important Science, Technology, Energy and Mathematics will be for the jobs of the future.  I have sponsored numerous education bills aimed at improving the infrastructure in our schools and protecting our students.  I will continue to work to strengthen our public education system and modernize our classrooms.  It’s imperative that we increase federal standards for educational achievement and maintain the best trained, most qualified teachers in our classrooms.

EDUCATION LEGISLATION
1. H.R.2816 : Promoting Health as Youth Skills In Classrooms And Life Act
Summary: The bill establishes an Office of Safe and Healthy Students in the Department of Education to assume the responsibilities of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and expand such responsibilities to broader health and physical education issues. The bill: (1) amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to include health education and physical education in the definition of “core academic subjects.” (2) authorizes the Secretary of Education to award grants to local educational agencies, community-based organizations, and nonprofit organizations to initiate, expand, and improve health education programs for students in kindergarten through grade 12, especially in rural areas.

2. H.R.2818 : No Child Left Outside Act of 2011
Summary: To provide temporary housing during school breaks to students who are homeless or in foster care.

3. H.R.2869 : School Athletic Facilities Restoration Act of 2011
Summary: In the bill, the Secretary is authorized to make grants, on a competitive basis, to local educational agencies for the construction, renovation, or repair of school facilities that are primarily used for physical education, athletic contests or exhibitions, or athletic extracurricular activities, such as team sports. The funds made available should be used to supplement, and not supplant, any other Federal, State, or local funds available for construction, renovation, or repair of school facilities.