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 - 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.
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.
Washington, DC –Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted in favor of H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, legislation to reauthorize and reform the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The measure strengthens charter schools and parental rights, prohibits federal coercion of Common Core, consolidates more than 65 programs that have been labelled ineffective or lack funding, and allows states to establish their own accountability systems to ensure all students receive a quality education.