The St. Louis region is home to some of the best K-12 education options in America—this includes private schools, public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, and homeschooling. A good education is the foundation for a prosperous and secure future, and a student’s future should not be limited by their zip code or household income.
We know that when parents are empowered to choose the educational environments they believe work best for their kids, students are more likely to succeed and graduate from high school. American children, no matter where they live, should have the opportunity to receive an outstanding education, and should never be trapped in a school that is failing their educational needs.
Unfortunately, the federal government’s approach to education in the past has been to craft a one-size-fits-all approach to students’ needs. The challenges our educators face in the St. Louis area are not the same as those in California and Massachusetts. Moreover, we have learned the hard way that throwing money at our nation’s broken education system does not solve our core problems, as evident by America's decline in worldwide education rankings.
In Congress, I aim to undo many of the federal burdens and one-size-fits-all approach that the federal government has imposed on states, while ensuring that quality teachers are empowered to do their jobs. Properly educating our country’s children is investing in the future, and it directly supports our country’s overall wealth and prosperity.
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The St. Louis region is home to some of the best K-12 education options in America – this includes private schools, public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, and homeschooling. Over the next few days, as we continue to celebrate School Choice Week and opportunity in education, we must also raise awareness about what can and is being done to provide every student access to the best education possible.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the below statement following passage of H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act:
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January 12, 2016
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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the below statement following the President’s final State of the Union address:
“I will never forget that joyous day when I graduated college with the hopes and dreams of a brighter future. However, I knew that my husband and I had a long road before we could pay-off our student loans. That is why I have been fighting tirelessly for the thousands of Americans who saw their student loans double as a result of the Senate’s inability to put progress ahead of partisanship.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO) today issued the following statement as the House of Representatives passed the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), legislation to rewrite federal K-12 education law:
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) released the following statement in response to Senate Democrats failing to act to stop student loans from doubling:
“I am extremely disappointed that the Senate adjourned before passing a plan to stop student loans from doubling. This self-made crisis is a reflection of Washington dysfunction and the only victims are thousands of students who just want a shot at securing a brighter future. Rather than passing a long-term solution to prevent these rates from doubling, Senator Harry Reid decided simply not to act.
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s student loan event at the White House: