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Top Priorities

  • Return the powers of the Department of Education to state and local governments
  • Provide school choice and educational freedom to American families
  • Eliminate Common Core’s mandates

The challenges and opportunities that local schools face vary significantly from state to state. The challenges we face in Utah – rapid enrollment growth and large numbers of children as a percent of the population – are much different than the challenges in other states. I oppose increased federal interference in education. States, school districts, charter schools, and parents should be empowered to determine how education should be administered and delivered – not unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. 

By the Numbers

  • 45% - Percent growth of public education spending funded by the federal government in the last 10 years alone
  • 8.3% - Percentage of public education spending funded by the federal government in exchange for control of our children’s education [source]
  • 4,400 – Number of federal employees at the Department of Education
  • $73,000,000,000 – Annual budget for the United States Department of Education in 2016
  • 421% - Percent growth of the Department of Education’s budget since 2002

Notable Legislation

H.R. 10Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Reauthorization Act – Voted in favor of this bill, which passed the House and would authorize thousands of low-income students in D.C. to participate in a school choice program.
H.R. 1020STEM Education Act of 2015 – Voted in favor of this bill, which became law October 7, 2015 and defines computer science as a STEM subject.

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