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Committee Democrats Show Bipartisan Support for Summer Meals Program

07.17.18   WASHINGTON - Today, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education (ECESE) held a hearing entitled, "Examining the Summer Food Service Program." There is bipartisan agreement that the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is critical to the health and well-being of millions of children. "Not only do [summer meal] sites distribute nutritious food to low-income children, but they also provide educational, enrichment, or recreational activities that keep children engaged, sa… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Promote Bold Solution to Ensure Universal Access to Quality Child Care for Working Families

03.06.18   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education (ECESE) held a hearing entitled, "Strengthening Welfare to Work with Child Care." Across the country, far too many working families lack access to affordable, high-quality child care. In many states, the cost of child care is higher than the cost of attending college. This makes it difficult for parents to balance the costs of child care with holding down a good-paying job and providing for their family.… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Push for Stronger Supports for Native American Schools

02.14.18   WASHINGTON - Today, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education (ECESE) held a hearing entitled, "Examining the Government's Management of Native American Schools." Native families are disproportionately low-income, and the challenges facing tribal communities are immense and well-documented. The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is a woefully underfunded agency and the students served by schools under its jurisdiction lack the educational opportunities and outcomes … Continue Reading


At Hearing, Democrats Highlight Importance of Investments in Education Research

01.30.18   WASHINGTON - Today, the full Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing entitled, "Protecting Privacy, Promoting Policy: Evidence-based Policymaking and the Future of Education." There is broad, bipartisan consensus that educational research-when collected, stored, and used responsibility-is an invaluable tool that improves teaching and learning. Unfortunately, public investments in education research are not as robust as research investments used to advance policy and practice in o… Continue Reading


Hearing Testimony Shows More Funding is Required to Address Opioid Crisis

11.08.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee (ECESE) and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development (HEWD) held a joint subcommittee hearing on how opioids are impacting communities across the nation. In 2015, more than 33,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose, and more than 2 million individuals had a prescription opioid use disorder. Congress must address a crisis of this magnitude - and treatment alone is not enough to stem th… Continue Reading


Subcommittee Discusses Importance of Investing in High-Quality Early Childhood Education

07.13.17   WASHINGTON - Today, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing focused on ways to expand access to high-quality early childhood learning programs. The federal government must increase its investment and commitment to early education programs while ensuring program quality. "The lack of availability and the rising cost of childcare hits working families especially hard," said Subcommittee Ranking Member Jared Polis (CO-02). "Many parents can't afford … Continue Reading


Subcommittee Highlights Support For Data, Research to Improve Teaching And Learning

06.28.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing titled "Exploring Opportunities to Strengthen Education Research While Protecting Student Privacy." Educational data serves as an invaluable research tool that is necessary to improve teaching and learning when it is collected, stored, and used responsibly. There is a need for greater investment in education research and Congress must incentivize state and local leaders to develop data sys… Continue Reading


Polis: CTE Programs Must Emphasize Equity, Provide Opportunity for All Students

02.28.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, delivered the following statement during a hearing on career and technical education. Rep. Polis emphasized the need for a full bipartisan reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. Key Excerpts from Rep. Polis' Remarks: "Unfortunately, after harmful sequestration cuts, public funding for CTE is at historic lows. It is c… Continue Reading


Scott Announces Democratic Members, Committee Leadership for 115th Congress

01.31.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Democrats on the Education and the Workforce Committee voted to elect their Vice Ranking Member and Subcommittee Ranking Members, and announced the subcommittee assignments for the 115th Congress. "The Education and the Workforce Committee jurisdiction focuses on policies and programs that are aimed at improving the quality of life and work for all Americans," said Ranking Member Scott (VA-03). "We are proud to have a diverse membership as Democrats on the Committee and we w… Continue Reading


Clark, Langevin, Nolan Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

06.28.16   WASHINGTON - Led by Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-05) on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, policymakers from across the aisle today introduced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act. Introduced by Reps. Clark, Jim Langevin (RI-02), Co-Chair of the Career and Technical Education Caucus, and Rick Nolan (MN-08), and Republican Reps. Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-05), Carolos Curbelo (FL-26) and Bradley Byrne (AL-01), the legislation reauthorizes an… Continue Reading


Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

06.28.16   WASHINGTON - Led by Republican and Democratic members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, policymakers today introduced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Introduced by Reps. Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA), the legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and will help more Americans enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand j… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Education Department’s Proposed Rule to Enhance Equity and Excellence in Schools

05.26.16   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement provisions of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) regarding school accountability, data reporting, and consolidated state plans. Earlier this week, ranking members Scott and Patty Murray (D-WA) sent a letter to Secretary of Education John King, requesting that the Department use… Continue Reading

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