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Congressman Mike Bishop

Representing the 8th District of Michigan

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Education and Opportunity


While I served in the State Legislature in Lansing, I saw firsthand how much more effective education could be when decisions were made at the state level – not in Washington, D.C.  Local teachers and parents know how to teach kids better than the U.S. Department of Education ever could.

Replacing the flawed No Child Left Behind Act must reduce the federal role in education, restore local control and empower parents and education leaders to hold schools accountable so students can get the best education possible.  Additionally, we must ensure the federal government cannot force a failed program, like Common Core, onto our states, schools, and students.

As a father of three, I believe that every child and family deserves to have access to a first-class education. Unfortunately, the cost of attending an institution of higher learning is steadily increasing, making higher education difficult to achieve for both students and parents. 

Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act will give Congress an opportunity to provide students – regardless of age, location or background – access to higher education if they so choose.  Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act will also serve as an opportunity to simplify and streamline the student loan repayment process and decrease loan default rates, as well as the taxpayers’ burden of having to shoulder the costs of defaulted loans.

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More on Education and Opportunity

June 6, 2017 Press Release
"We are so proud of the work they have done and we extend our deepest and most sincere gratitude for their commitment to serve our country," Bishop said at an event recognizing eight local academy appointees on Monday.
September 13, 2016 Press Release
"In Michigan, we can continue our economic comeback by making sure students are prepared to fill the thousands of in-demand jobs available in our state," said Bishop.
April 25, 2016 Press Release
"Jenna’s Michigan-inspired piece will certainly stand out in our U.S. Capitol Building," said Rep. Bishop.
March 30, 2016 Press Release
“Across the country and right here in Livingston County, we’re facing a very real problem with child abuse and domestic violence – and all of us have a duty to step in and do something about it. Everyone can play a role in putting an end to these despicable crimes, and I will not stop fighting until that happens," said Bishop.
March 18, 2016 Press Release
"Too many students are struggling to make their college and career goals a reality, while schools are being held back by countless federal regulations. The committee is focused on addressing these issues – and today’s roundtable was a constructive part of that effort,” said Bishop.
February 25, 2016 Video

"My constituents frequently reach to me and my office regarding Common Core and I must say, as a parent, I agree with their concerns," said United States Representative Mike Bishop.

January 11, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Bishop will bring his former American history teacher to the 2016 State of the Union address. Bishop was a student of Mr. Greg Clevenger’s at Rochester Adams High School in Rochester, Mich., where he grew up and continues to live with his family today.
December 18, 2015 Press Release
Read Rep. Bishop's statement on the omnibus package and its legislative highlights for Michigan.
December 17, 2015 Press Release
"Extending the Perkins Loan program ensures those in severe financial need will continue to have the certainty to help achieve their higher education goals," said Rep. Bishop following the amended bill's passage in the House.
December 10, 2015 Press Release
"Our nation can finally move beyond the days of No Child Left Behind and begin the work of repairing our broken K-12 education system," said Rep. Bishop.