Education

Unacceptable loss of two young lives (Secretary of Education Arne Duncan)

This week, we sadly lost two young men who took their own lives for one unacceptable reason: they were being bullied and harassed because they were openly gay or believed to be gay. These unnecessary tragedies come on the heels of at least three other young people taking their own lives because the trauma of being bullied and harassed for their actual or perceived sexual orientation was too much to bear.

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Make higher education available to 100 percent of Americans

This week’s upcoming first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges is all about the lives and future of America’s students. During my years as a community college president and chancellor, I always asked my professional colleagues the same simple question whenever we faced a difficult challenge or issue: what is the best way to help students succeed?

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Blow-out on the road to economic recovery

Just as a  car engine relies on a precise mixture of air and fuel to drive down the  highway, American businesses depend on a free marketplace and a skilled workforce to drive the innovation that can lift wages and grow our economy.   The big financial blow-out in 2008 has left deep scars within our economy, and Americans are still waiting for that precise policy formula to get the economic engines turning again. 

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Obama needs to support choice in higher education

Consider the ironies. The Obama administration has rightly and in some ways, brilliantly fought for more educational options for parents through Race to the Top, Innovation Grants and promoting more charter schools. While many, like me, believe they could support more parental choice options in their K-12 policies, still, the Administration’s openness for school choice is unprecedented.

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STEM education must be coordinated across the nation (Rep. Mike Honda)

This week, building on President Obama's announcement on Monday to recruit 10,000 new STEM school teachers, I introduced H.R. 6248, the Elevating Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Act (e-STEM). As a former science teacher and educator for 30 years, this legislation means more to me than most. Why? Because STEM education in America remains woefully ill-equipped, and it shows.

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How to better regulate higher education


Responding to an outpouring of concern over a proposed rule called ‘Gainful Employment,’ the U.S. Department of Education recently announced it will delay publishing the rule while it considers the 90,000 or more comments it received  from the public, and while it solicits more input on the details of the rule.

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Economic and racial disparities continue to plague our education system (Rep. Michael Honda)

I recently attended the American premiere of Waiting for Superman, the new film by director Davis Guggenheim that rightly addresses the crisis in our nation’s public education system. Guggenheim, who also directed An Inconvenient Truth, hopes that Waiting for Superman will force America to confront another inconvenient truth — that the fundamental right to an equal, quality education is not realized by every child in our great nation.

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Invest in veterans: Finish the post-9/11 GI Bill

As students across the nation return to school, over 300,000 veterans and their families will be among them, headed to college on the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  In the first year of its operation, the new GI Bill has afforded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan the chance to pursue a first class education and provided an invaluable means of transition.   The GI Bill legacy recognizes the critical role education plays in empowering our service members and reintegrating them into civilian life.  

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Laying the foundation for long-term economic growth (Rep. Phil Roe)

It’s that time of year again – it’s back to school for families across the nation. Education is the centerpiece in the development of our mind. A high-quality education is critical for our children’s future and to America succeeding in an increasingly global marketplace. More and more, job growth and job creation are going to be tied to knowledge, which is tied to our education.

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