Congressman Patrick Meehan

Representing the 7th District of Pennsylvania

Education

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Access and affordability have been the two most significant concerns facing Congress in the field of education. Federal input and oversight of primary and secondary education is implemented through the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These bills represent policies aimed at ensuring high quality education resources are available for all. This Congress will be working to reauthorize and amend NCLB in such a way that our students and teachers will be equipped to meet, achieve and exceed proficiency standards in their grade-level. Additionally, while IDEA has not been fully-funded in the past, I believe it is important to provide the necessary resources for students with disabilities.

In addition to being involved in primary and secondary education, the federal government also plays a role in higher education through the provision of federal loans and grants. Pell Grants are a federal need-based program that is designed to be the financial foundation for students seeking an undergraduate degree. While this program is not only for low-income students, it is primarily allocated to recipients whose total family income is $30,000 or below. In fiscal year 2010 the Pell Grant program distributed $33 billion in loans to approximately 8.7 million students. In fiscal year 2011 the average Pell Grant was $5,550, up from $4,860 in years past. As the cost of tuition continues to rise, Pell Grants enable many Americans to achieve a level of education that makes them competitive in the workplace.

In addition to these traditional federal fingerprints in the realm of education, I recognize that there are other significant inputs in our system, such as trade, technical, culinary and beauty schools; however, the most substantial influence in the education field is a child’s family.

More on Education

05 Jun Press Release
Congressman Patrick Meehan is joined by Rep. Jackie Speier and victim rights advocates for a news conference announcing the HALT Act on June 4, 2015...
12 Mar Press Release
Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-7) will host an information session for students interested in attending the nation’s uniformed service academies this Saturday...
22 Jan Press Release
SPRINGFIELD, PA – Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) announced today the nomination of 27 area high school students for admission into one of the United States...
12 Jan Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) today issued the following statement after President Obama unveiled an initiative to protect the privacy...
02 May Press Release
“Vital Step Forward” in Effort to Stop Assault Administration report reflects Meehan Advisory Council recommendations   WASHINGTON, DC– Congressman...
18 Mar Press Release
Regional experts on campus safety issues to make recommendations to White House Rep. Meehan convenes the first meeting of the Campus Sexual Violence...
17 Jan Press Release
  SPRINGFIELD, PA-- Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) and a bipartisan coalition of House members today wrote to Mr. Curtis Marez, President of the...
13 Jan Press Release
2014 Service Academy Nominees SPRINGFIELD, PA-- Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) today announced the nomination of 35 local students to one of the...
23 Oct Press Release
Includes “don’t pass the trash” language from Fitzpatrick/Meehan amendment   WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) issued the following...
31 Jul Press Release
Compromise legislation almost identical to House bill passed in May WASHINGTON, DC –Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA-07) today issued the following statement after...

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