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Issue Position: Education

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Congressman Lynch believes that education is the foundation of opportunity in the United States. Working families deserve wages and benefits that allow them to support their families, put their kids through college, and enjoy a secure retirement. Students from all backgrounds deserve a first-class affordable education, from early childhood through college. A strong public education system ensures that children from across America will have the knowledge and training they need to succeed in this competitive global economy.

No Child Left Behind

Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in January 2002 with the promise that tough new accountability standards would be combined with enough money to ensure that our schools could complete the job. Congressman Lynch voted for this legislation because he believes that clear demands for better results, along with additional funding, will substantially improve public education in this country. Unfortunately, over the last five years, the Bush Administration and the Republican-led Congress have simply not kept their promise to America's students. In fact, our schools have been shortchanged to the tune of $56.7 billion compared to what was promised. That means that our schools, states, and communities have been struggling to meet the expectations set forth in the law without the additional funds necessary to be successful. For this reason, Congressman Lynch believes that the 110th Congress should fully fund NCLB and work closely with those who have had first-hand experience over the last five years with this law on ways in which we can improve it. In this way, we can live up to the promises Congress made and ensure that every American child has the opportunity to succeed.

College Affordability

The latest College Board report reveals what American families already knew--the dream of a college education is being priced out of the reach of many students. Every year, the challenge of paying for college becomes greater and greater for students and working families. With tuition on the rise, increasing by 40 percent between 2001 and 2005, the typical student leaves college today with $17,500 in federal loan debt.

That's why Congressman Lynch recently supported The College Student Relief Act of 2007 (H.R. 5), which passed the House by 356-71 on January 17, 2007. This new legislation will make college more affordable and accessible by cutting the interest rates on subsidized student loans in half -- from the current 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent.


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