Improving and Supporting Schools

The worst economy since the Great Depression is still causing negative ripples though our local school systems.  As part of the Economic Recovery package we increased funding to local school districts for two years and provided critical emergency funding to prevent teacher layoffs. This support helped to stabilize local budgets.  Unfortunately, the Republican budget proposal contains 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 the 113th 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 April 19, 2013)