Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the President's back to school address:
"Our students represent a generation of abundant promise. We can help them reach their full potential by making critical investments today, and this includes providing greater resources to teachers, engaging more parents, and turning around failing schools.
"As President Obama noted, ten years from now more than three out of five jobs will require more than a high school degree, and we need to recognize that taking steps to expand opportunities to attend a four-year college or vocational training will yield benefits to our students and to our economy. This begins with greater access to early education and continues by making sure our students are developing the skill sets that prepare them not only for higher learning but for careers as well. That is why key parts of our Make It In America jobs plan focuses on quality education.
"A good education has always been a path to a good job. Congress can do its part by supporting science and math programs in grades K-12, by helping school districts create opportunities for hands-on learning inside and outside the classroom, and by promoting careers in manufacturing and technology for high school students – all of which are components of our Make It In America plan.
"We risk wasting the talents and intellect of the next generation if our education system fails. Our students have the potential to be tomorrow’s innovators, entrepreneurs, leaders, artists, and teachers. It is our responsibility to make sure nothing stands in their way."