Congressman encouraged by President Obama's desires to improve education for all Americans.
Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, the top Republican on the U.S.
House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following statement in response
to remarks from President Barack Obama on education reform:
“President Obama is right when he says that America’s
education system must once more be the envy of the world. Like him, I believe
that education is the foundation upon which a competitive workforce is built,
and education reform is an urgent national priority.
“The president deserves credit for his willingness to take
on the education establishment, something too few in his party have been
willing to do. The president made clear that he rejects the inertia of
complacency and will embrace innovative strategies like teacher performance pay
to spur real reform and improvement in the classroom. He has also spoken
compellingly about the importance of charter schools to spur innovation and
provide parental choice. I am hopeful the President will take the next step to
buck reform opponents by standing up for the children in the nation’s capital
and protecting the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.
“I have fought for years to make college more accessible and
affordable for America’s
students, and I appreciate the President’s commitment to that goal. I look
forward to working with him on financial aid reform and simplification. But I
am troubled by his proposal to push the private sector out of student lending,
and hope we can work together to strengthen a program that has served students
well for more than four decades.
“Ultimately, though we can provide leadership, the federal
government cannot solve the problems in our nation’s schools. We need to
empower teachers, principals, and parents to provide a world class education
for all of America’s
children, so that they, and we, can compete on the world stage tomorrow.”
For more information on McKeon’s work in education reform,
please visit www.mckeon.house.gov.