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

19 Jul Press Release
  WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Student Success Act, H.R...
19 Jun Press Release
WASHINGTON – With federal student loan interest rates less than two weeks away from doubling, Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) urged the Senate to take...
25 Apr Press Release
Meehan Supports Kids First Research Act Meehan continues advocacy for autism community WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) today...
25 Jan Press Release
Meehan Announces 2013 Service Academy Nominees "It is a great honor to nominate these outstanding students for admission to our nation's Service...
25 Jul Press Release
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA-07) today introduced legislation to prevent federal tax dollars from going to landlords who haven’t paid their...
12 Jul Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA-07) reacted to the report issued by the Special Investigative Counsel following the investigation into Penn...
10 Jun Press Release
  Springfield, PA – U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) honored 34 high school seniors from across the 7th District as part of the Congressional...

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