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Education

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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August 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of $1,167,605 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education to multiple post-secondary institutions that serve residents of the First Congressional District.  Funds were awarded from the Student Support Services Program, which aims to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

Specific grant allocations are listed below:

August 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) sent a letter to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield, M.D., requesting an Office of the Inspector General (OIG) review of the recent decision making by the Montgomery County Health Department.  Recently, Dr. Travis Gayles twice attempted to unilaterally close all schools in Montgomery County, including private and parochial schools, despite the county’s steady reduction in COVID-19 positivity (2.54% as of August 5th) and hospitalizations.  Dr.

August 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $202,413 U.S. Department of Education grant to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne.  The grant was awarded through the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP).

According to the Department, “the MSEIP program assists predominantly minority institutions in effecting long-range improvement in science and engineering education programs and increasing the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly minority women, into science and engineering careers.” 

June 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) issued the following statement after becoming an original co-sponsor of House Resolution 1026, which urges that local jurisdictions be empowered to make the decisions on re-opening schools:

June 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $9,805,843 federal grant to Shore Up! Inc., a facility in Salisbury whose focus is to help people reach personal economic independence. SHORE UP is an acronym which stands for: “Self-Help on Rural Economics and Urban Problems.” The Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), allocated the funds to Shore Up! Inc.

June 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $360,624 federal research grant to Salisbury University from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Engineering.  According to HHS, Academic Research Enhancement Awards support biomedical research projects conducted by faculty in academic institutions that have not been major recipients of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research awards.

March 26, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $2,369,022 federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Head Start to the Maryland Rural Development Corporation in Greensboro.  The HHS Office of Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families by providing grant funding and oversight to agencies that provide Head Start services in the local community.

February 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) made the following statement regarding President Trump’s State of the Union Address this evening:

January 7, 2020 In The News

Congressman Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, answered questions and listened to his constituents’ comments at a Town Hall on Monday evening, Dec. 30 at the American Legion in Cambridge.

Among those top concerns, Second Amendment rights, school discipline and sanctuary county laws.

December 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $2,369,024 grant for the Maryland Rural Development Corporation, serving Harford, Cecil and Caroline counties.  The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Administration for Children & Families.  The funds will be distributed through the Head Start program.