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This week the House voted to block two flawed Obama administration regulations that, if implemented, would expand the federal role in education and diminish the ability for state and local leaders to make decisions affecting their students, teachers, and schools.

H. J. Res. 58 stops a rule related to teacher preparation programs. Finalized in October 2016, the rule significantly expands the federal government’s involvement in teacher preparation and may lead to fewer teachers serving some of our nation’s most vulnerable children.

H. J. Res. 57 addresses a regulation implementing accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act. The bipartisan law empowers states to develop systems for holding schools accountable to parents and taxpayers through annual evaluations. However, the regulation dictates prescriptive accountability requirements and violates prohibitions on the Secretary of Education’s authority.

These resolutions will help protect local control and ensure every child has the best chance to receive a high-quality education.

Making Higher Education More Accessible and Affordable

On Tuesday I held a hearing of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce that examined the opportunities and challenges facing America’s higher education system and discussed possible reforms to improve the Higher Education Act.

These are exciting times in higher education. Today there are more opportunities for more individuals to pursue higher education than ever before. However, America’s higher education system is also facing a number of significant challenges, including rising costs, an overly complex federal student aid system and graduates who are underprepared for today’s workforce.

It’s clear that we have our work cut out for us, but inaction is not an option. This hearing marked the beginning of the next phase in our effort to strengthen America’s higher education system for students, parents, institutions and taxpayers. I look forward to the important work that lies ahead.

What’s Coming Up

Next week the House will continue its efforts to halt the heavy-handed regulatory approach of President Obama’s administration.

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