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Issue Position: Education

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Building a Brighter Future for Our Children

A strong and vibrant public education system is the foundation of our democracy. There is no greater task before us than educating our children. A good education ensures our children will succeed in the future and will help keep America strong.

Congressman Camp is working to ensure that everyone has access to the best education and our public schools are held accountable in educating our children. The No Child Left Behind Act is a key part on our efforts to better public education. It requires states to have a highly qualified school teacher in every public classroom; allows parents with children in underachieving schools to transfer to a better public or charter school; requires school districts to give parents annual report cards on academic performance of schools; and targets federal education dollars to the poorest schools and districts.

Helping our children also means helping good teachers. Virtually every school teacher pays money out of his or her own pocket for classroom materials. Dave believes teachers should be allowed to deduct those expenses, which are a direct investment in the education of our children. Congressman Camp has sponsored legislation would make the Teacher Tax relief provisions permanent, raise that level to a maximum of $400 and allow educators to include professional development costs within the standard deduction.

On top of all this, Dave believes we need to do more to ensure that our children can compete in a global economy. Like every parent, Congressman Camp wants results and accountability from our schools. Dave wants to ensure every child can read by the third grade; parents need local control to determine what is best for their child; and we must be committed to excellence in education today, tomorrow and beyond.


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