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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"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.
WASHINGTON – Tonight, the House passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177) to replace No Child Left Behind by a vote of 359-64. In response, Congressman Mike Bishop issued the following statement: