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Issue Position: Education

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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.

On a regular base, Rep. Frelinghuysen visits local elementary, middle, and high school student in their classrooms. He also meets with students, faculties, and staffs at New Jersey's colleges and universities. It's not only his way of keeping in touch with our young citizens, but it also keeps him current on trends and needs of New Jersey's schools.

To give our children a brighter future, the federal government -- under the No Child Left Behind law -- (http://www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml) we 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.

Rep. Frelinghuysen also supports continued investment in higher education. In July of 2008, Congress modernized and updated the Higher Education Act providing needed aid to families and students. As the cost of college rises, it is important to make sure families can afford a quality education. Under this legislation, maximum Pell Grants were increased from $4800 to $6000 in 2009 and up to $8000 in 2014. The law also requires universities to show costs of textbooks in online catalogues so students know the full cost of a course. A key reform is the simplification of the federal financial aid form, which was cut from eight pages and 108 questions down to two pages and 44 questions.

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

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.

In 2007, Rep. Frelinghuysen strongly supported the passage of the America Competes Act. The legislation expanding expanded Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) education programs. Rep. Frelinghuysen knows the key to continuing America's competitiveness is making sure that our young people receive the best education possible, particularly in areas like mathematics, science, and engineering,"

A strong education system is vital to keeping New Jersey at the center of research and development, technological innovation, and revolutionary pharmaceutical breakthroughs. Rep. Frelinghuysen will continue working to support education in New Jersey.


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