Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today on the reauthorization of the Charter School Program and in support of the Make It In America amendments being offered to the bill. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
"While I would prefer for us to be addressing a reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, today’s legislation reflects bipartisan support for innovation in public schools and improving educational opportunities for students who still lack access to a high-quality education.
"The Chesapeake Public Charter School, a K-8 school located in my district, has developed a year-round school model which embeds the arts and environmental studies throughout its curriculum. This school hopes to one day expand its successful model through its existing charter with our local school system, and would be able to do so with funding from this bill.
"As we consider this bill today, it’s unfortunate that after nine months in session Republicans are still not bringing jobs bills to the Floor. So today and throughout the Fall, Democrats will offer Make It In America amendments at every opportunity to highlight ways we can create jobs and strengthen our economy.
"Today Democrats are proposing two Make It In America amendments: Congressman Lujan’s amendment focuses on sharing best practices in instruction and professional development in the stem subjects to develop a more competitive and highly-skilled workforce. And Congresswoman Davis’s amendment reminds us that the primary objective of this bill is to use the innovation of charter schools to improve educational outcomes so all students can Make It In America.
“The jobs of the future require a high-quality elementary and secondary education, which lead to high-quality postsecondary education and training opportunities. We need to make sure we are preparing students for the diversity of jobs that await them—the jobs that will bring home good wages, the jobs that will improve our economy in the long-term.
"I believe charter schools can play a valuable role in that objective, which is why I urge my colleagues to support this legislation."