House Committee on Education and Labor
U.S. House of Representatives

Republicans
Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon
Ranking Member

Fiscally responsible reforms for students, workers and retirees.

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Education Issues

K-12 Education

Enacted in 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act reformed programs authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the principal federal law impacting K-12 education.  The most comprehensive education reform overhaul ever enacted, NCLB represents the first real, bipartisan effort to bring true accountability and flexibility to federal education programs.  It reflects four essential pillars of education reform: accountability, flexibility and local control, funding for what works, and expanded parental options. 

Reforms to the federal elementary and secondary education law are overdue, and congressional Republicans will work hard to pursue meaningful changes in the 111th Congress.  They will press Congress and the Administration to continue making fiscally responsible reforms to improve student achievement and close the achievement gaps that have persisted for decades between disadvantaged students and their peers.  Republicans will work to ensure that when it comes to a child’s education, decisions are left to those who know best how to make them: parents, local school districts, and states.

Press Releases

Kline Statement on Exploiting Emergency Troop Funding for another State Bailout (June 30, 2010)

Kline Highlights New Venue for Americans to Speak Out on Education and Workplace Issues (May 25, 2010)

Kline Statement on DC Scholarship Program (May 19, 2010)

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Member Views

Letter from Rep. John Kline to Education Secretary Arne Duncan re: Student Privacy (February 23, 2010)

Letter from Rep. John Kline to Education Secretary Arne Duncan re: Kevin Jennings (October 16, 2009)

Kline Op-Ed in Education Week:
The President’s Teachable Moment
(September 10, 2009)

Fact Sheets

H.R. 4247, the Keeping All Students Safe Act (March 3, 2010)

Republican Principles for Ensuring Student Success in the 21st Century (February 25, 2010)

The 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act (H.R. 2187) (May 12, 2009)

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Dear Colleagues

Oppose Democrats’ Effort to Nationalize School Construction (May 14, 2009)

Don’t Undermine Efforts at the State and Local Level to Fund School Construction (May 13, 2009)

Oppose H.R. 2187 and Reject the Creation of a New Federal School Construction Program (May 12, 2009)

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Left Turns

Status of the Stimulus: Fuzzy Math, Wasteful Spending – and Unemployment Still Rising (November 4, 2009)

Democrats Ignore the Burden of Gas Prices on America’s Schools (June 4, 2008)

A Quarter of a Century After Education Reform ‘Call to Arms,’ Democrats Stubbornly Refuse to Pass Legislation to Improve our Schools (April 25, 2008)

Floor Statements

Kline Statement: Consideration of H.R. 4247, the Keeping All Students Safe Act (March 3, 2010)

McKeon Statement: Consideration of H.R. 2187, the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act (May 13, 2009)

McKeon Statement on H.R. 3195, the ADA Amendments Act (June 25, 2008)

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Committee Statements

Kline Statement: Hearing on H.R. 5504, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act (July 1, 2010)

Platts Statement: Hearing on Ensuring Student Cyber Security (June 24, 2010)

Kline Statement: Hearing on The Impact of Concussions on High School Athletes (May 20, 2010)

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