Every child should have access to a quality education, whether they are educated in a public school, private school, or at home. The best way to provide children with quality education is to have local governments determine the best curricula for their students, not through federal micromanagement. Education is not a “one size fits all” issue, and that has been the federal government’s approach for too long. Education serves to prepare our students for the 21st century job market – but the job market on the Eastern Shore is different from the job market in Baltimore City, and public schools should have the freedom to tailor their curricula to the specific and unique needs of their communities.
Unfortunately, despite huge investments, not every public school is equal. Children should not be subjected to a poor-quality education because of their home address, which is why I am a strong proponent of school choice. Charter schools in Maryland have empowered parents to seek out a better education for their children, and voucher programs would enable low-income families to enroll their students in private schools if the local public school system is failing them.
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WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $64,655 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury. The award is a discretionary grant through the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant Program. The goals of the grant program include expanding the number of commercial driver license (CDL) holders possessing enhanced operator safety training and to assist veterans and their spouses to receive training to transition to the commercial motor vehicle industry.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, July 23rd, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded the Board of Education in Worcester County, MD $49,392 for the Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP) program in the First Congressional District of Maryland. The funds will be allocated to Worcester County Public Schools’ twelve libraries. According to IMLS, “Year one of the project will focus on working with stakeholders to develop the strategic plan.
WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced Fiscal Year 2019 Title I Part A educational grant funds to various counties in Maryland’s First District for the 2019-2020 school year. These grants are allocated under the following four statutory formulas: basic grants, concentration grants, targeted grants, and education finance incentive grants. The counties and grant fund amounts are as follows:
WASHINGTON, DC: On Tuesday, June 4th, Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) announced a grant awarded to the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science for research and educational programs. Rep. Harris made the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC: On January 31, an Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers to West Virginia collided with a truck, resulted in one death and multiple injuries. Ryan Burbey, the president of the Harford County Education Association, shared a story about the accident on his Facebook page with the caption ‘Karma’. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) released the following statement calling for Mr. Burbey’s resignation:
On May 24, 2017, the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee held a hearing on the FY 2018 budget for the U.S. Department of Education. Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole presides.
Witness: The Honorable Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education
RIDGELY — U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1, visited the Benedictine School on Tuesday, April 18, to learn more about the school and the vast range of services it offers to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
The stop was the first throughout the First Congressional District on his schedule this week, while Congress takes a recess.
Harris took a tour of part of the sprawling campus outside Ridgely, seeing classrooms, residential halls and the school’s graphic design business, and talked to administrators about the school’s future.