Jan 152015
 

Charter schools are schools which receive public funding but operate under a contract, or charter, with a state. Charter schools are operated by private education companies, educators and parents. They are independent of school districts, choosing their own curriculum and teachers. When students transfer to charter schools, their local school districts send the departing student’s funding allocation to the charter school. Opponents say this has the effect of draining the district’s resources for the remaining students. They claim some cities and states even allow charter schools to use public school facilities, further reducing resources for public school students. Supporters claim student transfers, and the threat of transfer, force underachieving schools to improve or risk closure. The charter school program is now more than 20 years old and there are now about 5,000 charter schools enrolling about 1.6 million American children in 40 states. Studies have found urban charter schools tend to outperform local school districts at the elementary and middle school levels. However, suburban charter high schools have not shown an increase in academic performance over public high schools.

Pending Legislation:

S.1083 – All-STAR Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current charter school policy and wish to defeat S.1083

I support awarding renewable competitive grants to successful public charter schools to allow such schools to expand or replicate to serve additional students, including serving or planning to serve a large percentage of low-income students from public schools with low-graduation rates, schools identified as needing improvement, corrective action or restructuring, and wish to identify a legislator who will either reintroduce S.1083 – All-STAR Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof

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Jan 152015
 

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was established in 1946 to provide low-cost or free school lunches to qualified students of public or nonprofit private schools. This program was also established as a way to prop up food prices by absorbing farm surpluses. The NSLP is a federal subsidy paid to states that provide lunches to more than 30 million children each day at an annual cost of about $9 billion. Child advocates claim this may be the best meal millions of American children are going to get that day. They also say that lunchtime is an important and memorable social experience for many students. The Summer Food Service Program makes these meals available during summer vacation to many needy students under the age of 18. A similar program has been proposed for providing meals on weekends.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.1395 – Weekends Without Hunger Act

I oppose reforming current school lunch program policy and wish to defeat H.R.1395

I support implementing a pilot program providing commodities, on a competitive basis, to nonprofits for the provision of nutritious food to at-risk school children on weekends and during extended school holidays during the school year, and wish to pass H.R.1395

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Jan 152015
 

STEM is an acronym for the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Typically, this term is used to describe school curriculum as it relates to our nation’s competitiveness in technology and workplace development. STEM advocates say there are many unfilled well-paying jobs for workers possessing STEM skills including machinists, equipment operators, technicians, and jobs in sciences and manufacturing. Studies have shown that 65% of those with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field earn more than those with a master’s degree in non-STEM jobs. Also, 47% of those with bachelor’s degrees in STEM occupations earn more than PhDs in non-STEM occupations. However, many young people are still reluctant to study fields that require STEM curriculum. Some of the reasons for this include a lack of knowledge about STEM courses, the challenging nature of these subjects, and not being adequately prepared to study STEM courses.

Pending Legislation:

S.358 – STEM Master Teacher Corps Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields policy and wish to defeat S.358

I support awarding financial incentives to teachers who teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curricula in elementary and secondary schools and wish to pass S.358

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