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. 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.
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) recently Jackie Scarry of Palo Cedro to the Capitol to recognize her as the 2014 winner of the Congressional Art Competition for the First Congressional District of California. Each spring, the Congressional Institute hosts a nationwide art competition to recognize young artists within each district.
Washington, DC – Redding, CA – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today visited the Emma Wilson School in Chico and met with government students at Chico State University. LaMalfa delivered books and pocket Constitutions to the Emma Wilson School to recognize National Reading Month and also answered questions about a number of issues facing the area. Approximately 20,000 items are donated to the Library of Congress each day, and those not added to the permanent collection are released to be donated to schools around the nation.