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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

August 24, 2017 Press Release
This August, Congressman Mike Bishop has been hosting a Jobs & Economy Tour across Oakland, Livingston and Ingham Counties – to learn about the ways local businesses are making a difference in our communities. The tour isn’t over, but here’s a quick recap of his recent stops and discussions…
August 3, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Congressman Mike Bishop, State Senator Joe Hune, Reps. Lana Theis and Hank Vaupel, and Livingston County Commissioners Chairwoman Kate Lawrence comment on Livingston County's leadership in creating meaningful employment opportunities for its residents.
July 27, 2017 Press Release
"I am grateful for my colleagues who worked with us to meet the 2018 full funding request for Michigan State University’s Facility for Rate Isotope Beams," said Bishop. "I’m also pleased there is added funding to improve care for our VA patients through programs like mental health services and help for the homeless.”
July 12, 2017 Press Release
"I will continue working with Congress and the administration to help deliver the project’s long-term benefits for Michigan State University and our community," Bishop said
June 29, 2017 Press Release
"The piece Mari submitted is so detailed, it’s really amazing. We are proud to have her representing us on the wall of artwork from across the country,” said Bishop.
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.