Issue Position: Education Reform

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2013

Promote choice, flexibility and portability
Empower parents and students
Streamline programs

As a member of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, I am committed to making the proper investment in education while moving forward with reforming the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In doing so, it is imperative that the federal government works to provide flexibility, expand local control, allocate funding for what works, and increase options for students and parents.

That is why in the 112th Congress, I authored the Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act, which streamlines the charter school program and provides opportunities to expand and replicate successful schools with added emphasis on accountability. This bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House.

I also recognize the importance of ensuring our children receive a quality and well-rounded education. At the same time, I believe it's necessary that we revaluate the federal footprint on education, promote better data collection, and encourage states and local school districts to make the decisions that impact child development.

To prevent financially burdensome out-of-state tuition costs for active duty military personnel and veterans, I am a cosponsor of H.R. 357, the G.I. Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013. This bill would alleviate an unnecessary hardship on our veterans by requiring public higher education institutions to charge in-state rates.

Eliminating unnecessary regulation is critical, especially for our military personnel seeking higher education. That's why I cosponsored H.R. 331, which would recognize such multi-college community colleges as one institution, and remove a time-consuming burden for veterans to complete numerous school applications for colleges within one community college district. This bill is endorsed by the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District and the Riverside Community College District.