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Polis Named Lead Democrat on Key Education Subcommittee

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Washington, January 31, 2017 | comments

Early today, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), who is known for his extensive background in education, was selected to serve as the lead Democrat on the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee and as a member of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee.

“I truly believe that education is the single best investment we can make in the future of our great country,” Polis said.  “Every student in America – regardless of zip code or their station in life – has the right to a top-quality, twenty-first century education from early childhood on up.  This belief is a large part of why I serve in Congress, and I am thrilled to serve on these committees.  I believe we can work together to make progress in education this Congress, while also holding the Trump administration accountable.  We can’t afford to move backward, only forward!”

Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee

The Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee considers legislation affecting early childhood through high school education.  It will be pivotal in overseeing the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the outdated No Child Left Behind Act.  Polis was selected to serve on the conference committee that drafted the Every Student Succeed Act, which has been widely credited with moving beyond rigid testing policies and empowering schools and parents.  In addition to overseeing the application of this new law, Polis plans to introduce legislation to protect student data privacy and combat discrimination in schools.

Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee

The Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee considers legislation affecting education after high school, whether it be a short-term certificate program or an advanced degree program.  Polis plans to introduce several bills this Congress that tackle the skyrocketing cost of college, addressing everything from the cost of textbooks to tuition, and legislation that will help ease the burden of student loan debt.

Polis is the former Chair of the Colorado State Board of Education, and the founder and former superintendent of The New America School - a network of charters schools in several states serving new immigrants and English-language learners - as well as the Academy for Urban Learning for homeless and at-risk youth. The district he represents today includes Colorado State University and University of Colorado.

In addition to these subcommittees, Polis will serve on the full education committee called the Committee on Education and the Workforce, as well as the Rules and Ethics Committees.


 
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