Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Statement after Receiving an "A" Grade from the National Education Association
Washington, DC - (Thursday, January 26, 2017) - Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement after receiving an “A” grade on the National Education Association’s (NEA) annual report card for the second session of the 114th Congress:
“I am deeply honored to once again receive an “A” grade from the National Education Association (NEA) and I look forward to continuing my work in Congress to improve the educational experience for every student, ensuring their future success and that of the nation.
“As the Ranking Member on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and a longtime advocate for an increased focus on integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in our nation’s K-12 curricula, I was glad to support the congressional passage of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
“The bipartisan legislation strengthened our nation’s commitment to STEM educators, identifies and provides distinction for STEM Specialty Schools, opens new federal funding sources to expand high-quality STEM courses, and increases access to STEM for underserved and at-risk students, among many other important improvements. From strengthening students’ access to ‘wraparound’ services like counseling and extracurricular activities, to including measures that improve Head Start programs, the passage of the ESSA in the last Congress demonstrated that despite political rancor, when legislators put partisan politics aside we can improve the lives of every American and their families.
“I look forward to continuing to work across the aisle to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to succeed and look forward to carrying on the bipartisan success from the 114th Congress into the new Congress.”
The NEA is the largest organization representing professional employees across the nation focused on the advancement of public education. The Annual Legislative Report Card released by the NEA measures Representatives’ overall support for public education and educators. To view this year’s scorecard, please visit http://www.nea.org.home/19413.htm