More on Education
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters introduced the "Ensuring Quality Education for Veterans Act," which would protect student veterans from bad actors within the for-profit college industry. The bill would include veterans' benefits under the 90/10 rule of the Higher Education Act of 1965, thereby removing an incentive for unscrupulous actors in the for-profit education industry to exploit the nation's veterans.
Today, a new report from the U.S. Department of Education documents that schools serving low-income students are being shortchanged because school districts across the country are inequitably distributing their state and local funds. The analysis of new data on 2008-09 school-level expenditures shows that many high-poverty schools receive less than their fair share of state and local funding, leaving students in high-poverty schools with fewer resources than schools attended by their wealthier peers. Below is Congresswoman Waters' statement regarding the report's findings:
Washington – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) issued the following statement upon the passing of her former colleague and friend, Sen. Teresa Hughes:
"I am saddened to learn of the passing of former California State Senator Teresa Hughes.
Teresa Hughes was a close friend and colleague. We both served in the California State Assembly in the 1970s and 1980s. When Teresa was elected to the State Senate she represented the 25th District which included many of the same cities and communities in my Congressional District.
Below is Congresswoman Maxine Waters' statement regarding Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
Today, the Obama Administration announced it is taking steps in making it easier for Americans to manage student loan debt and apply for federal financial aid. The announcement is apart of a series of executive actions the President is taking to assist in putting Americans back to work and strengthen the economy. The Congresswoman's comments on this proposal are below:
I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 2218, the Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act. Although this bill includes some modest improvements to charter school regulation over current laws, it still falls short of ensuring that charter schools are held to high standards for educational quality, accountability and accessibility for all students.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters reacts to the recent False Claims Lawsuit filed against Education Management Corporation by the Department of Justice and 11 State Attorney Generals. Her statement on the recent filing is below:
Mr. Speaker, I must congratulate the Tea Party for extorting the deal made in their image, and their image alone. The cuts will be deep, they will be lasting, and they will weaken an already-depressed economy.
What's clear is that the Tea Party is so ideologically driven to kill government that they're willing to kill the private sector, kill jobs, and kill growth in the process.
The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, and includes an amendment authored by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).
By Stephen Burd