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 – Friday’s Washington Post features an op-ed by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) calling on the budget conference to focus on rebuilding America’s infrastructure.
Delaney is the only former CEO of a publicly traded company serving in Congress.
The op-ed can be read below or online here.
WASHINGTON - Today the House passed H.R. 2083, the Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act. The law requires schools that receive federal funds to adopt policies and procedures mandating background checks on school employees. It would prohibit employment at a school if an employee has been convicted of homicide, child abuse or neglect, child pornography, spousal abuse, kidnapping, arson or a crime involving rape or sexual assault. The bill passed by voice vote.
WASHINGTON - This week the U.S. Department of Education recognized 286 public and private schools across the country as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2013. Boonsboro High School was one of eleven Maryland schools to receive this distinguished and coveted honor. The National Blue Ribbon School Program recognizes public and private schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ overall academic achievement.
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday July 31, the House voted 392 to 31 to pass the House-Senate compromise student loan bill, a vote to concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1911. Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted in favor of the measure. The House-Senate compromise clears the way for the legislation to head to the President for signature.
WASHINGTON – The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a $629,192 award to Hagerstown Community College (HCC). The NSF grant will fund scholarships for STEM students at HCC and is designed to boost STEM enrollment rates and improve completion rates for full-time STEM students who are members of minority groups or female.
Delaney Cheers Department of Education Funding for Maryland
Department of Education announces $6.8 million in School Improvement Grants to Maryland
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that Maryland will receive $6.8 million in School Improvement Grants (SIG). These SIG funds are awarded to State Educational Agencies that then make competitive sub-grants to local authorities that demonstrate the greatest need.