I strongly believe that every child should have access to a quality education. Providing a first-rate education for America’s youth is one of the most important responsibilities of parents, local school boards, states, and, to a degree, the federal government.

For over forty-five years, the federal government’s role in education has been expanding, yet it has repeatedly failed to improve the outcome for our students. I strongly believe parents should have control over their children’s education, and they should have the opportunity to send their children to a high-quality charter or private school, or chose home-schooling. Ultimately, increasing options and competition will strengthen the accountability of our public schools. We should not accept that a one-size-fits-all education structure is an efficient system. Our students need choice, and we should strive to give them the best educational opportunities possible.

When it comes to higher education, I am concerned over the rapidly increasing cost of tuition.  While some individuals' paths may not require a college degree, there is no doubt that a college education generates greater opportunities. As the average tuition has increased tremendously over the past decade, the federal government has responded by spending more and more on financial aid. I believe Congress should focus on real solutions to the rising cost of higher education, but in a way that doesn't worsen our already unsustainable mandatory spending programs. Higher education institutions also need to be held more accountable for their spending and should have greater financial transparency so that students and taxpayers can see where their money is being spent.

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Jun 27, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after hosting Isabella McMurray, winner of this year’s Congressional High School Art Competition representing California’s 1st Congressional District. Her piece, titled “I am Columbia” will be displayed in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year. Isabella attends Inspire School of Arts and Sciences in Chico, California.

Mar 15, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) is accepting submissions for the 2018 Congressional High School Art Competition. The theme for this year’s competition is based off the song America the Beautiful.
Mar 14, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act. This legislation creates a grant program to train students, teachers, school officials, and local law enforcement to identify and respond to early signs of violence, as well as implementing technology to improve school security.
Jan 11, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after announcing that he has nominated 20 North State residents as candidates to the United States Service Academies. The U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy each require a Congressional nomination in order to attend. The admissions process is highly competitive.
Jun 2, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after honoring four students who received appointments to the United States Service Academies on June 2nd in Oroville, CA.
Sep 19, 2016 Press Release
Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today announced that Lassen Community College in Susanville, CA, has been awarded a $313,592 Distance Learning Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development.
Oct 21, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. LaMalfa today H.R. 10, legislation to amend and reauthorize the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act. The measure provides low income families in the District of Columbia the ability to apply for scholarship funding to attend a private school through the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Oct 1, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today commended William and Marian Ghidotti Early College High School in Grass Valley for being recognized by the U.S Department of Education as one of 335 schools honored as 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Jul 19, 2015 Past E-Newsletters

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