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Education

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.

Related Cosponsorships

Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act

Veteran Education Empowerment Act

Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act

Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2015

Student Non-Descrimination Act of 2015

 

More on Education

May 11, 2021 Press Release

(Timonium, MD) – Today, Maryland’s Congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen as well as Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-MD), announced more than $543.8 million in American Rescue Plan funding for colleges, universities and students throughout Maryland.

May 11, 2021 Press Release

(Timonium, MD) – Today, Maryland’s Congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen as well as Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-MD), announced more than $543.8 million in American Rescue Plan funding for colleges, universities and students throughout Maryland.

May 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H.

Apr 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin led a virtual delegation meeting Tuesday afternoon with Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone to discuss with Governor Larry Hogan and his cabinet their priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. Central to the conversation were the important federal resources from the American Rescue Plan and opportunities for major infrastructure investments through the American Jobs Plan.

Apr 14, 2021 Press Release

(Timonium, MD) – Today, Congressman Ruppersberger highlighted Maryland’s urgent infrastructure needs – including more than 2,200 miles of road and 273 bridges in disrepair – that will be addressed by the Administration’s proposed “American Jobs Plan.” The $2.3 trillion investment plan will create millions of new jobs while reforming the corporate tax system to reward companies that help grow the domestic economy – offsetting costs.

Apr 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $11.9 million in federal funding to boost early childhood education and development across the state.

Feb 18, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Maryland schools, colleges and childcare centers would receive more than $3 billion under the proposed “American Rescue Plan,” Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger said today after new estimates were released by the Congressional Research Service. The nonpartisan public policy research agency analyzed the sweeping COVID-19 reform package advanced by a House committee last week and slated for a vote as early as next week.

Dec 28, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen David Trone, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.), applauded the inclusion of the FAFSA Fairness Act of 2019 (S. 416) in the end-of-year spending bill recently passed by Congress.  
 
The FAFSA Fairness Act would improve the application process for students without parents to receive federal financial aid. The bill was first introduced by the late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings in February 2019.
 

Dec 15, 2020 Press Release

(Timonium, MD) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced that a  senior from Howard County’s Elkridge has won the seventh-annual high school Congressional “App Challenge” for Maryland’s Second District. 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.