Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger comes from a family of educators: his wife, mother, sister and sister-in-law were all teachers in the Baltimore area and his son-in-law is a university administrator. So he understands that investing in the future of all young people is the key to creating and sustaining jobs. Dutch believes:
Education funding is a strategic investment – even during tough times.
As we make difficult budget decisions to reign in the federal deficit, Dutch believes that education should remain a top priority. As an appropriator, he advocates for full education funding each year, especially for formula grant programs that ensure ALL students have an equal opportunity to obtain a high-quality education, like Title 1 and IDEA. Dutch also supports funding to ensure children can learn in modern and energy-efficient buildings. On average, public schools across the country are more than 40-years-old and need an estimated $500 billion in repairs and upgrades.
We must show the teaching profession the respect it deserves.
Teachers aren’t only instructors – they are nurturers. As Baltimore County Executive, Dutch fought to give all teachers a pay raise. Dutch supports federal incentives for teacher preparation programs and professional development. He also helped pass legislation to extend the tax deduction for certain expenses of elementary and secondary school teachers. He believes we must do whatever we can to recruit and retain the best teachers we can, especially from under-represented groups.
Federal education policy should ensure equal access and that schools and teachers are held accountable in a way that makes sense.
Dutch supported the successful effort to replace “No Child Left Behind” with the “Every Student Succeeds Act” in December 2015. While Dutch supported the goals of “No Child,” it shifted too much control away from our states and focused too much on punishing failure instead of rewarding success. He believes we should reduce the number of federally-mandated standardized tests and use multiple measures to evaluate school and student success. He does not support federal mandates that base teacher evaluations on such tests.
College must be more affordable.
American college students now owe $1.2 trillion in education loans, which is second only to home mortgages in terms of consumer debt. Dutch supports legislation allowing federal student loans to be refinanced – like mortgages – when interest rates decline and expanding federal loan forgiveness programs for students who choose certain careers, like teachers. He helped pass legislation to strengthen the Pell Grant program and the American Opportunity Tax Credit for tuition and related expenses. As a STEM education champion, Dutch supports funding for scholarships to re-train retired STEM professionals as teachers.
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(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes yesterday met with the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden and USM Chancellor Bob Caret. The meeting was requested in the aftermath of the Board’s investigation into and recommendations regarding the football program at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). After the meeting, the members released the following joint statement:
(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes and Elijah Cummings in announcing $432,627 in federal funding over three years for "What Lies in the Harbor," an environmental education program sponsored by a partnership between Baltimore’s National Aquarium and Baltimore City Public Schools.
(Timonium, MD) - Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) announced today that three students at Joppatowne High School took first, second and third place in the 2018 Congressional Art Contest for Maryland’s Second District. Junior Nicholas Galie, of Joppa, won with his prisma color submission of a pool table entitled, “Cueing Up.” The piece will be displayed in the U.S.
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced that an all-girls team of students from Randallstown High has won his fourth-annual high school “App Challenge.” The academic competition, which is open to all high school students in Maryland’s Second Congressional District, requires students to create an original software application for mobile, tablet or other device on a platform of their choice.
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(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, along with U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, as well as U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, John Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards and John Delaney (all D-Md.), announced Tuesday that Maryland has been awarded $15 million through the Preschool Development Grants program to provide high-quality preschool programs in 19 school districts across Maryland.
Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger invites all Second District constituents to workshops for those who need assistance securing financial aid for college. “College is Possible: Tips on How to Get in and How to Pay for It,” will be held at two locations in Baltimore and feature financial aid experts to help students and parents learn about ways to make the dream of going to college a reality. The event is free and open to all Second District residents.
(Baltimore, MD) – Congressman C.A. Dutch along with U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski as well as Representatives Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes (All D-Md.) today strongly lauded an announcement that Baltimore City Public Schools will receive more than $2.374 million in funding through the U.S. Department of Education Promoting Student Resilience grant program.
(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger was represented today at the White House by local midshipman Dustin Shackleford as President Obama awarded the U.S. Naval Academy the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for their 2015 victory in the round-robin college football series among the U.S. service academies.