I believe that we must do everything we can to encourage the academic success of our nation’s students. That is why as a member of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee I am committed to providing the education funding our schools, teachers and students need and deserve. That means fighting for robust funding for federal programs like Head Start, the Even Start Family Literacy Program, Title I School Improvement Grants and the Individuals with Disabilities Act. I also believe that we must give students every opportunity to pursue a higher education by funding financial assistance programs like Pell Grants and Perkins Loans.
Even with increased federal funding, our nation is failing too many of our young people. While there is no easy answer to the complex problems plaguing our education system, credible studies show that technology can have a tremendous positive impact on student learning. That is why I strongly support legislation
which seeks to better target federal education technology resources toward students and teachers in struggling schools. I am an author of legislation to amend the No Child Left Behind Act to give priority for educational technology grants to low achieving schools, particularly those with a large percentage of English language learners and other special needs groups, and provide funding to train teachers on how to effectively use technology in the classroom.
The Achievement Through Technology and Innovation (ATTAIN) Act, H.R. 558
Provides federal funding to help schools that serve disadvantaged and low-income students purchase computers, software and other technology. The measure ensures adequate teacher training in the use of technology to teach students and puts in place standards to ensure all students are technologically literate by the 8th grade. The bill also requires that states provide guidance to districts on how to ensure that schools have access to the most up-to-date computers and software. Finally, the ATTAIN Act calls for research initiatives to determine the effectiveness of the new technology program at the state and national levels.