Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Education

My second grade teacher, Mrs. Couser, spent countless hours helping me overcome my inability to read.  Unlike today’s teachers, she wasn’t forced to teach to a test.  Instead, she had freedom to focus on the individual needs of her students.

Sadly, well-intentioned but misguided federal policies such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top now force students to prepare for end-of-grade tests, instead of preparing for life.

What results have been achieved through increased federal spending, armies of bureaucrats, and one-size-fits-all education standards?
 

  • One in five students drops out of high school.
  • Only 36% of eight graders read at grade level, and only 35% are proficient in math.
  • The United States ranks 20th and 27th in math and science . . . out of 34 countries measured.


Parents, teachers, and local leaders best understand the needs of local students, so the power to make education decisions must be returned to the state and local level.
This summer, I helped pass the Student Success Act (H.R. 5):
 

  • Prohibits the Federal Government from coercing states into adopting Common Core or similar standards by withholding federal funds or waivers.
  • Prohibits the Secretary of Education from creating additional burdens on states and local school districts, especially in the areas of standards and assessments.
  • Eliminates 69 ineffective or duplicative federal education programs.
  • Protects the autonomy of religious schools, private schools, and home schools.
  • Increases opportunity for low-income students by allowing Title I funds to follow the student to the traditional public or charter school of their parents’ choice.


As we work to return education authority to the states, we must fully support quality teachers and ensure they are appropriately compensated for the important work they do.  We must also urge teachers’ unions to end the illogical and counter-productive practice of preserving jobs for unqualified or unfit teachers.  Our children, and our dedicated teachers, deserve better.

Not only did Mrs. Couser teach me to read, she taught me to love reading!  Today’s teachers and students need the same freedom to focus on specific needs, not arbitrary goals set by a bureaucrat who has never even seen your local school.

More on Education

Jun 23, 2017 Press Release
As part of continuing efforts to increase economic opportunity in rural North Carolina communities, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today voted to increase federal funding for Career and Technical Education in rural areas.
May 13, 2016 Press Release
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced the Obama Administration will not withhold funding from North Carolina while HB2-related lawsuits are decided in federal court.
Sep 29, 2015 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce Beverly Woods Elementary School in Charlotte has been named a “2015 National Blue Ribbon School” by the U.S. Department of Education. Beverly Woods is one of only three schools in North Carolina to receive the prestigious honor.
Jul 8, 2015 Press Release
Acknowledging that Washington bureaucrats know very little of the specific needs of local students, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today voted to end the Federal Government’s ability to coerce states into adopting Common Core or other one-size-fits all education standards.
Apr 1, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce the 2014 Congressional Art Competition. Open to high school students in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, the first-place artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
Jul 31, 2013 Press Release
Tonight, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted for the second time to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling. House Republicans passed a nearly identical plan in May, before Senate Democrats chose not to act.
Jul 11, 2013 In The News

We all know strong students who want to go to college, get good-paying jobs and build flourishing, independent lives for themselves and their families. 

On May 23, I joined House Republicans in passing a long-term solution for the Federal Stafford Loans program, giving these great students more certainty when paying for college. We passed the bill more than five weeks early, giving Senate Democrats plenty of time to act before interest rates doubled on July 1.

Jul 9, 2013 Editorial

We all know strong students who want to go to college, get good-paying jobs, and build flourishing, independent lives for themselves and their families. 

On May 23rd, I joined House Republicans in passing a long-term solution for the Federal Stafford Loans program, giving these great students more certainty when paying for college.  We passed the bill more than 5 weeks early, giving Senate Democrats plenty of time to act before interest rates doubled on July 1st.

Jul 2, 2013 In The News

On July 2, Congressman Pittenger discussed student loan legislation on SiriusXM POTUS Morning Briefing.

 

Jun 6, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Pittenger released a statement today ahead of President Obama's visit to Mooresville.