Fiscally responsible reforms for students, workers and retirees.
Having highly qualified teachers in our nation’s classrooms is essential to ensuring all children have an opportunity to receive the most valuable education possible. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, the federal government has significantly increased funding for teacher quality programs to help states place a highly qualified teacher in every classroom.
Congressional Republicans have long placed a premium on highly qualified teachers. In recent years, Republicans have continued to work on behalf of our nation’s educators by enacting the "Crayola Credit," which provides a tax deduction for teachers’ out of pocket classroom expenses. Republicans have also provided funding for a program to assist states in establishing performance-based pay provisions, and have dramatically expanded loan forgiveness for teachers of key subjects who serve in needy schools.
In the 111th Congress, Republicans will continue working to improve teacher quality and reward teachers for their success in the classroom.
Teacher Quality Key Focus in Education Reform Efforts (May 4, 2010)
The Teacher Incentive Fund Act (March 23, 2007)
Reward Teachers Who Help Improve Student Achievement (March 23, 2007)