Education & the Workforce Committee
The subject of today’s hearing has become somewhat of a tradition for the Education and the Workforce Committee. It’s important to start a new Congress with a fresh look at the challenges and opportunities confronting America’s schools and workplaces. We’ve been fortunate over the years to have governors and education and business leaders share their views on the issues facing the country, and I am pleased they are represented today as well.
During his inaugural address, President Obama noted, “This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience.” Our nation has always shown its true greatness in the most difficult of circumstances. This certainly defines the last recession and the challenges we continue to face.
In our classrooms, one out of four students will drop out of high school before they’ve earned a diploma. Students and families across the country are being buried under a mountain of college debt that now exceeds $1 trillion. Meanwhile, confusion and uncertainty surrounding the direction of the nation’s education system has only been exacerbated by the administration’s convoluted waiver scheme.