Now, more than ever, getting a high quality education is essential for success. A college degree is increasingly necessary for access to high-paying jobs, and an educated workforce is essential for the United States to remain competitive in a global economy in which technology is playing a bigger and bigger role. That’s why I support efforts to make college more affordable through slowing the runaway inflation of tuition, funding Pell grants, and providing affordable student loans.
The federal government’s role in our elementary and secondary education system has never been more important. Our public education system provides for the economic mobility we think of as the American Dream. There are, however, improvements we must make to ensure that our students receive a high-quality education from high-quality teachers. We should work to incentivize current graduates to become teachers and ensure they receive the training to make them effective in the classroom. In addition, we have to hold our teachers and schools accountable for student performance, and make room for innovative approaches like those employed by magnet and charter schools.
Research shows that early investments in education show big returns in later years. That is why I support increased funding for Head Start and ensuring that every child receives a high-quality preschool education. This is proven to close the achievement gap and help prepare all students for success in kindergarten and elementary school.
I voted for H.R. 1911, the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, because I believe that college students need affordable student loans to ensure they have access to higher education. I voted against H.R. 5, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, because it cut education funding and reduced accountability for teachers and schools. We have to find bipartisan agreement on our fiscal challenges, but funding high-quality education should always remain a priority.
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WASHINGTON – Thursday, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) met with the Teachers of the Year from each of the five counties in Maryland’s Sixth District at the Capitol, joining them for lunch in the Member’s Dining Room and offering his congratulations. Delaney also submitted an official statement of recognition into the Congressional Record.
The following teachers, each who have been named 2014-15 Teachers of the Year in their counties, joined Delaney in Washington:
WASHINGTON – Alexa Thompson of Gaithersburg is the winner of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition for Maryland’s Sixth District. Today, Alexa met Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) at the Capitol and was honored with other district winners from around the country. Alexa is a student at Quince Orchard High School. Alexa’s art teacher is Julie Newcomer.
This Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of one of the greatest days in America’s legal history, the Supreme Court’s ruling on the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. In Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court declared unanimously that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. Released on May 17, 1954, the decision set in motion the transformation of schools and other public spaces across the country.
FREDERICK – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) hosted a reception Monday in Frederick to honor participants in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition. The event took place at the Delaplaine Arts Center. Over 50 entries from Sixth District students were displayed and the 2014 contest finalists were recognized.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) spoke at Tuesday’s House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure Special Panel on Public-Private Partnerships. The hearing, titled “The International Experience with Public-Private Partnerships” included testimony by Delaney, along with experts on global trends in public-private partnerships in infrastructure. For more information on the P3 Panel, click here.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) appeared on MSNBC on April 6, 2014, to discuss the Ryan Budget with Alex Witt. Delaney explained his view that the Ryan Budget does not have the right analytic framework or the proper goals, which should include rebuilding America's infrastructure and supporting education.
WASHINGTON – The 2015 Budget released by the White House Tuesday includes strong support for the Pay for Success model. The President’s Budget encouraged the use of Pay for Success in the Department of Justice and the Corporation for National and Community Service and included a new $300 million dollar Pay for Success fund.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6), Congressman Jared Polis (CO-2) and thirteen House colleagues have written to President Obama, recommending that the White House include Pay for Success funding in the fiscal year 2015 budget. The letter was sent to the President on Friday.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has authored an op-ed supporting the bipartisan Pay For Success model in The Hill. Also known as Social Impact Bonds, Pay For Success can improve public services, save taxpayer dollars, and encourage data-driven decision making in government. The model has been used successfully in Utah, New York, Colorado, and other states.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) announces two skills competitions open to Sixth District students this spring: the 2014 Congressional Art Competition and the 2014 House App Challenge.