Improving and Supporting Schools
Though I have long been supportive of funding for education, Republican budget proposals continue to contain deep cuts to education. While I believe Congress must act to manage the deficit, we need a balanced approach that does not impose crippling cuts to vital programs that are linked to American competitiveness.
In this Congress, I am working to fully invest in early education programs, including Head Start, to provide low-come children and their families comprehensive early childhood services. I also strongly support providing maximum funding for ESEA Title I programs and IDEA programs so that school districts can provide a quality education to low-income and disabled students.
In addition to addressing resource needs, I also support re-examining the way we fund, measure and reward our schools. We must find better ways to reward teacher excellence and innovation, expand access to technology in the classroom, and enhance curriculums to better prepare students for the demands of a globally competitive economy.
For more information on what Michigan is doing, visit the Michigan Department of Education’s website. For more information on what’s happening in Congress, visit the House Education & Labor Committee’s website.
(Updated October 23, 2014)