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Chairman Scott Praises Biden Administration’s School Reopening Roadmap

08.02.21   WASHINGTON - Today, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Biden-Harris Administration released a School Reopening Roadmap to help schools reopen safely for in-person instruction. "Getting students back into the classroom safely is one of the most important things we can do for children and families across the country. I applaud the Biden Administration for issuing clear and comprehensive guidance to help schools re… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Applauds Gov. Northam Proposal to Increase Funding for Safe School Reopenings

07.28.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott released the following statement in response to Governor Ralph Northam's proposal to dedicate $500 million in American Rescue Plan funding to help schools repair and upgrade ventilation systems, or complete other air quality projects. "I applaud Governor Northam's proposal to dedicate additional American Rescue Plan funding to helping schools reopen safely and stay open safely. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that proper ventilation is essential to r… Continue Reading


Committee Advances Four Bills to Support Survivors of Domestic Violence, Older Americans, Students of Color

07.15.21   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor advanced four bills to support survivors of domestic violence, protect older job applicants from age discrimination, help communities desegregate their schools, and strengthen efforts to fight discrimination in education. The Family Violence and Prevention Services Improvement Act (FVPSA) of 2021 modernizes and adequately funds FVPSA to support survivors of domestic violence and increases prevention efforts to ensure no American experien… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Praises Biden-Harris Administration for Preserving Access to School Meals

06.11.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Biden-Harris Administration withdrew a Trump-era proposal that would have terminated automatic eligibility for free school meals for roughly 1 million students. "When the Trump Administration first proposed denying 1 million children automatic eligibility for free school meals, I raised awareness of the severe impact of this rule and called on the Administration to abandon its counterproductive prop… Continue Reading


What They’re Saying: The Keeping All Students Safe Act

05.27.21   WASHINGTON- The most current data reveals that 101,990 students were subjected to seclusion or restraint in the United States during the 2017-18 school year, 78 percent of whom were students with disabilities and disproportionately Black boys. Representatives Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-Va.), Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, Don Beyer (D-Va.) and A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) and Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Edu… Continue Reading


Scott, Beyer, McEachin, Murphy, Murray Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Students from Dangerous Seclusion and Restraint Practices

05.26.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-Va.), House Committee on Education and Labor, Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.), Representative Donald McEachin (D-Va.), Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) reintroduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act (H.R.3474) legislation to protect students from dangerous seclusion and restraint discipline practices in school. The Keeping All Students Safe … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Celebrates K-12 Investments in American Rescue Plan

03.10.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan, which invests nearly $130 billion in K-12 education. "The American Rescue Plan is the most significant investment in K-12 education in generations. This relief package will provide schools the resources they need to comply with CDC guidelines, protect students and staff, and make up for lost time in the classroom. Throughout the past year, school l… Continue Reading


National Education Groups to Congress: Pass the American Rescue Plan

02.24.21   WASHINGTON - Today, 19 national education groups sent a joint letter to Congressional leadership expressing their support for the American Rescue Plan, which would provide $128 billion to help school districts reopen safely, protect students and staff, and make up for lost time in the classroom. "Declines in state and local revenues that are outpacing the Great Recession a decade ago, have made educator job loss among the hardest-hit sectors during the COVID-fueled economic crisis," the groups… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Celebrates Public Schools Week

02.22.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement to celebrate the start of Public Schools Week. "As we begin Public Schools Week, I want to share my profound appreciation for the commitment and resolve that our students, parents, educators, and school staff have demonstrated over the past year. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for our education system and provided a constant reminder of the critical role public schools have in o… Continue Reading


Education Leaders Introduce Bills to Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools, Save Education Jobs, and Recover Lost Time in the Classroom

01.28.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) joined Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01), Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez (NM-03), and Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (CNMI-at Large) to introduce a package of education bills to reopen and rebuild our schools, save educators' jobs, and help students recover lost time in the classroom. The Rebuild and Reopen America's Schools Act, introduced with Congressman Norcross, the Save Ed… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Requests Education Department Investigation into Florida Sheriff’s Use of Student Records to Identify Students “Destined for a Life of Crime”

01.19.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) sent a letter to the Department of Education seeking an investigation into reports that a Florida public school district transmitted student records to the local sheriff's office so that the sheriff's office could develop a list of students "destined for a life of crime." In the letter, Chairman Scott notes that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) explicitly prohibits schools from disclo… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on 5th Anniversary of the Every Student Succeeds Act

12.10.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). "Five years ago, we came together to pass the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) with the intent of bringing our country one step closer to achieving equity in education - the promise enshrined in the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education. The decision declared that: 'In these days, it … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott to GSA: Delayed Support for Biden Transition Team Will Have “Devastating Consequences”

11.23.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) sent a letter to the General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy urging the GSA to grant the Biden-Harris Transition Team access to critical information, services, and resources. "Our country is facing an unprecedented global pandemic that is killing 2,000 Americans per day, and any further delay in an effective government response will have devastating consequences," wrote Chairman … Continue Reading


New Government Watchdog Report: Students Impacted by Disasters Hurt More by Pandemic

10.14.20   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Gregorio Kilili Sablan (Mariana Islands) issued the following statement after the Government Accountability Office released a report finding that the COVID-19 pandemic has hampered and worsened K-12 schools' recovery from recent natural disasters across the country. "The GAO's new report confirms that the failed response to the … Continue Reading


Scott, Clyburn Request Answers on South Carolina’s Misuse of CARES Act Education Funding

10.05.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Chairman James E. Clyburn (SC-06) sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing deep concern regarding South Carolina's misuse of CARES Act education funds to develop a voucher program. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established the Governor Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund t… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Education Department Finally Agreeing to Comply with the CARES Act

09.25.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Department of Education said it would not appeal three federal court rulings that found its formula for distributing CARES Act emergency education aid violated the law. "For more than four months, the Department of Education ignored the clear text of CARES Act in an attempt to unlawfully divert funding away from low-income students in public schools. As a result, the Department forced cash-strapped… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Urges Yes Vote on Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act

09.16.20   "Madam Speaker, today I rise in support of the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act-this legislation will restore the right of students and parents to address racial inequities in public education. "This legislation comes over 66 years after the Supreme Court ruled in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case that "in the field of public education, the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." "And this comes four years after the G… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Urges Yes Vote on Strength in Diversity Act

09.15.20   "Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the Strength in Diversity Act. "It has been 66 years since the Supreme Court unanimously struck down public school segregation in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education. In that case, the Court declared that public education, 'where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms.' "The Court went on to say that 'in the field of public education, the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place… Continue Reading


What People Are Saying: Strength in Diversity Act of 2020

09.15.20   WASHINGTON - More than 66 years after the landmark Supreme court decision in Brown v. Board, we have yet to fulfill the promise of equity in education. The Strength in Diversity Act of 2020 (H.R. 2639) provides funding and expertise to support school districts that are voluntarily developing, implementing, or expanding school diversity initiatives. Here's what the leading education and civil rights groups are saying about the bill: American Federation of Teachers (AFT): "As our country reckons … Continue Reading


Pelosi Statement on Amicus Brief in District Court Case Protecting Education Funding for Students

09.10.20   WASHINGTON- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the House of Representatives filed an amicus brief in the case of Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. v. Betsy DeVos, opposing the Department of Education's illegal attempt to divert CARES Act money from public schools to private schools: "Across the country, families have great angst about the health and well-being of their children, as students are going back to school and the coronavirus continues to rage. In the sprin… Continue Reading

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