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Issue Position: Education

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Just about every week, you can find Rep. Frelinghuysen visiting local elementary, middle and high school classrooms. He also meets regularly with students, faculty and staff at New Jersey's colleges and universities. It's not only his way of touching base with our young citizens, but it also keeps him current on trends and needs of New Jersey's schools.

Rep. Frelinghuysen believes the primary responsibility for educating our children lies closest to the home - in the hands of local school boards, teachers and, most importantly, parents.

However, to give our children a brighter future, the federal government - under the No Child Left Behind law - (http://www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml) must work closely with our state and local education officials to reach the goal of providing every child with a quality education while holding schools, teachers and students to higher standards.

In New Jersey, the Congressman continues to fight for other education needs, including special education funding, Head Start, and Title I programs. Additionally, Frelinghuysen led the fight and secured a victory for the first federally funded school choice program in nation in Washington, DC.

For more information about all the schools in northern New Jersey, please visit: http://www.state.nj.us/njded/directory/.

Of course, the bedrock of America's global competitiveness is a well-educated and skilled workforce. For America to play a leading role and compete in the worldwide economy, the Congressman believes we must aggressively improve the quality of education in America. That is why he supports the "American Competitiveness Initiative," (http://www.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/competitiveness/index.html) which will provide more resources and a stronger focus on mathematics and science in the classroom and more research opportunities at our state's technical schools and world class higher-education facilities.

One of the great engines of our growing economy is our Nation's capacity to innovate. As the ranking Republican member on the House Commerce/Justice/Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Frelinghuysen believes that America's investments in science and technology have revolutionized our economy and changed the world for the better. Groundbreaking ideas generated by innovative minds in the private and public sectors have paid enormous dividends--improving the lives and livelihoods of generations of Americans.

As we increase investments in research and development, strengthen education, and provide more flexible training for workers, we continue to keep taxes low, avoid unnecessary and burdensome regulations, promote free and fair trade, maintain the integrity of our markets, and foster entrepreneurship.

Rep. Frelinghuysen supports these continued investments in higher education and increased math and science skills, which are revolutionizing New Jersey's economy. They are helping to make New Jersey the center for the research and development of better technology and revolutionary pharmaceutical medicine, manufacturing, computing, construction and telecommunications.


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