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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(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.