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 – The Department of Education has named Smithsburg High School a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School. Nationwide, only 335 schools total received this honor and Smithsburg High School was one of just eight schools in Maryland to be named a Blue Ribbon School. Delaney visited Smithsburg High School in May, meeting with Principal Michael Chilcutt and students in the Smithsburg Academic Leadership Team.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $110,000 federal grant to Garrett College to expand health career training programs at the Career Technology Training Center in Accident.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, together with Congressman John Delaney (all D-Md.) announced this week that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $100,000 federal grant to Frostburg State University for the development of a geochemistry laboratory, which will help prepare students to work in the energy and environmental sectors.
FREDERICK – Tuesday, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) hosted an Awards Reception announcing winners of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition and honoring all submitted student work at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick. A panel of judges from local colleges selected Jean-Baptiste Bolou as the competition’s first place winner for his work, titled TypeFACE. Bolou attends Northwest High School and lives in Germantown.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) will host a U.S. Service Academy Information Forum Wednesday April 8 in Frederick at the Bernard Brown Community Center. The informational session will feature representatives from the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the Army ROTC. The event is free and open to the public.
WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a $818,182 grant to the Garrett County Community Action Committee for Head Start. Head Start is a federal program that promotes school readiness for children under five.
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, the White House announced that it would ask federal agencies to “develop recommendations for regulatory and legislative changes for all student loan borrowers, including possible changes to the treatment of loans in bankruptcy proceedings.”
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) successfully amended House legislation to improve teacher training and retention. During consideration of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (H.R. 5), Delaney offered an amendment that improves training and retention programs by allowing state and local governments to use Pay for Success initiatives to improve outcomes and save money.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has filed legislation to help address Americans struggling with student loan debt. The Discharge Student Loans in Bankruptcy Act (H.R. 449) would make student loans dischargeable under bankruptcy. Under current law, student loan debt is treated differently than other forms of debt and cannot be discharged.
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted not to give equal recognition to the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha and to strip religious labels from holidays on next year’s school calendar.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement: