COLEMAN GETS AN "A" FOR WORK IN EDUCATION
Senator receives highest rating from nation's largest education organization
Recognizing Senator Norm Coleman's commitment to public education in America, the National Education Association (NEA) gave him an "A" on its Legislative Report Card for the 110th Congress. Senator Coleman earned this rating for his supporting of a number of critical education measures during this session of Congress including, the Individuals with Disabilities Education (IDEA) Full Funding Act, teacher tax credits, and the Pell Grant program. He is one of just four Republican Senators who received the "A" rating.
"A solid education not only equips children with basic life skills, it also ensures that they will be prepared to compete in an increasingly crowded and competitive global market," said Coleman. "With this in mind, I have dedicated my Senate career to ensuring everyone has access to a quality, affordable education at every stage of life regardless of their financial status or background. The NEA's recognition is a great honor and I look forward to continuing my work to ensure all children are able to have access to a high-quality public education during their early years and to ensure that adults are able to reach their dreams through access to higher education."
Among other things, Coleman has worked to increase of Title I funding under the No Child Left Behind Act. In addition, he has worked in a bipartisan manner to increase funding for the Pell Grant program, most recently helping to secure a $2.5 billion increase for the program in the Continuing Resolution, which passed the Senate by a vote of 78 to 12 last month. He also passed into law the College Textbook Affordability Act of 2007 as a part of the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, which the President signed in August. The legislation, which he introduced with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), helps students, faculty, and publishers work together to decrease the cost of college textbooks for students, while protecting the academic freedom of faculty to provide high quality course materials for students.