We must improve and expand our children’s opportunity to access a quality education in in the United States of America. Investing in education is an investment into our economy, our quality of life and most importantly it is an investment into our children’s future.
Every Child Deserves a Quality Education
It is our responsibility in Congress to improve and expand our children’s opportunity to access a quality education in in the United States of America. Investing in education is an investment into our economy, our quality of life and most importantly it is an investment into our children’s future. Advancements in childhood nutrition, after-school programs, technology in schools, as well as teacher salaries, recruitment and training must be a priority for success. We have seen how severe state and federal budget cuts undermine the ability of our local school districts to provide a quality education for our children; this has resulted in overcrowded and dilapidated schools, overburdened and stressed teachers, increased class sizes, and inadequate support services like special education, after-school care and preschool programs. That is why I have continually voted against legislation that would make drastic cuts to our children’s education.
As a father and the husband of an elementary school teacher, I understand the need for Congress to improve education and ensure equal access to a quality education. That is why I supported the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which includes commonsense provisions that ensure our young people get the education they deserve. This legislation gives states greater power to close the achievement gap for disadvantaged students, reduces overreliance on standardized testing, and gives teachers and schools the resources they need to be successful.
Social Emotional Learning
In the last few years, I have become convinced of the necessity of teaching social and emotional learning skills to our children, and have worked with some great leaders in bringing the financial and intellectual skills and expertise to Youngstown and Warren City Schools. Social and emotional learning is a process that promotes the development of core personal competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships skills, and responsible decision-making – all within a safe, caring, and participatory learning environment.
In 2011, I introduced the Academic, Social and Emotional Learning Act to allow federal funding for teacher and principal training to be used for SEL programming. As we have seen in schools in our district, SEL helps increase attendance, decrease suspensions and behavioral incidences, and improve attention and participation among students. Creating a healthy and safe environment for students to learn is essential to a quality education. I was proud that language that will help expand and make the teaching of social and emotional learning more effective was included in the ESSA. Creating a healthy and safe environment for students to learn is essential to a quality education and I am proud this bill continues to advance this important cause. I will continue to support legislation that helps our young people both boost their academic potential and teach them how to build the relationships and skills necessary to be a productive member of the American workforce.
Charter School Accountability
Ohio is home to nearly 400 taxpayer-funded charter schools that educate approximately 123,000 students. These families and children deserve a charter school system that promotes transparency and is held accountable to make sure every student is receiving the best education. That is why I introduced the Charter School Accountability Act to increase transparency and oversight of the U.S. charter school system. I was pleased that the ESSA strengthens the accountability and transparency within the charter school program, including language from this bill. Ohio students attending charter schools, and their parents, should never have to worry if they are getting the education they are owed.
Education does not stop after high school and we need to improve equality and access at the college level as well. College costs are increasing at a much faster rate than the financial aid given to students and their families. Since 1978, the cost of college tuition has increased by an astounding 1200%, with no real end in sight. Our students are drowning in the debt they were forced to take on to cover these rising costs, and they are too often saddled with tremendous debts long after they complete their education. To make interest rates for college students more affordable, I cosponsored the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which allows borrowers with existing student loans to refinance at the lower interest rates available to new borrowers. Student borrowers should not have to wait for relief when they need help now.
Salad Bars in Schools
We must do more to help raise awareness and educate our children on how to eat healthier both at home and at school. Most children consume a least half of their meals at school, with more than 32 million participating in the National School Lunch Program and more than 12 million participating in the School Breakfast Program. Research shows that children are much more likely to consume healthy fresh food if there is a salad bar available for children to build and create their own meal. However, the upfront cost of acquiring the equipment and the investment in planning and administering a salad bar can be too costly for most schools to undertake with existing resources. That is why I introduced the Salad Bars in Schools Act, which supports creating a grant program that would allow schools to work with existing non-profits that promote getting more salad bars into our children’s schools.
More on Education
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement ahead of Governor Kasich’s signing of Ohio House Bill 70, which includes the amendment that would strip local control from the Youngstown City Schools:
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan announces today that Kent State University receives $443,212, Eastern Gateway Community College receives $230,666 and Stark State College receives $231,103 from the United States Department of Education under the Student Support Service Program.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement today after voting against the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5):
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Tim Ryan (Oh-13) is announcing a $495,910 federal grant for the Consortium for Advanced Hybrid Manufacturing–Integrating Technologies (CAM-IT). This consortium, which was established with the assistance of Youngstown State University and North Carolina State University, will be the first develop a comprehensive roadmap for integrating additive and subtractive metal manufacturing technologies in order to accelerate the adoption of the technology. This combined method is more commonly referred to as “hybrid manufacturing”.
Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13), Sam Farr (CA-20) and Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) introduce the Salad Bar in Schools Expansion Act. With more than 30 million children eating school meals each day and approximately 30 percent of America’s youth overweight, we must do more. As Congress currently debates the reauthorization of child nutrition programs, opponents of current school nutrition standards are trying to repeal the requirement that school meals contain at least ½ cup of fruits and vegetables.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, as new, lower interest rates were announced for student loans for the 2015-2016 school year, Congressman Tim Ryan called on House Republican leaders to schedule a vote on the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act (H.R. 1434), which Congressman Ryan is a cosponsor.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) today introduced legislation to ensure that veterans, students serving in the armed forces, and their qualifying dependents, can take full advantage of the federal education benefits they have earned for themselves and their families. The Veterans Priority Enrollment Act of 2015 allows veterans using their GI benefits to attain priority enrollment at four-year institutions so that they can finish their degrees before their benefits expire.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan applauds U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) for introducing the Jesse Lewis Empowering Educators Act to provide teachers powerful tools and training to support students’ social and emotional learning (SEL). The bill is named in honor of Jesse Lewis, who at six years old was tragically killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This is the Senate companion legislation for Congressman Ryan’s Academic , Social and Emotional Learning Act, which was introduced in the House of Representatives in February of this year.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Pat Tiberi (R-OH) today introduced the bipartisan Expansion of Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare (ENRICH) Act of 2015, which establishes a $15 million grant program for U.S. Medical Schools and Osteopathic Colleges to create an integrated nutrition and physical activity curriculum program. Currently there is no mandatory requirement for US Medical Schools or Osteopathic Colleges to include nutrition and physical activity in their curriculum.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today was joined by Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02), Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53), Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-17), and Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) in introducing the Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Act. This legislation supports teacher training in SEL to help young people better handle societal issues thus boosting their academic potential. Students receiving an education that includes SEL programs do better on tests, show greater social behaviors, and less emotional stress.