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04.12.16

Sen. Burr Presses Education Secretary on Funding for Low-Income Children, King Has No Answers

Today, during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) questioned Secretary of Education John King about federal funding designed to help low-income children. King repeatedly dodged Sen. Burr's questions about Title I education funding, which is supposed to support the educational needs of children living in poverty. The formula governing Title I funding has not been updated since 2001 and does not reflect current population levels. As a… Continue Reading


03.17.16

Senate and House Members Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Expand ABLE Accounts

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) and Representatives Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Pete Sessions (R-TX) introduced a package of bills aimed at enhancing the ABLE Act. The ABLE to Work Act builds on the success of the ABLE Act by making it possible for disabled people who work to save a portion of their income in an ABLE account without risking loss of benefits. These bills will also allow rollovers to and from 529 colle… Continue Reading


03.09.16

Sen. Burr Votes No on Nomination of Common Core Champion

Today, in a session of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) voted against the nomination of former New York State Education Commissioner to be Secretary of Education. Sen. Burr released the following statement on the vote: "Today, I voted against John King's nomination for Secretary of Education because he is clearly the wrong person for the job. We need someone who will listen to teachers and parents. John King has demonstrated that he is not … Continue Reading


02.10.16

Sen. Burr Takes Steps to Better Protect Children at Military Child Care Facilities

This week, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Military Child Care Protection Act of 2016. The bipartisan bill would improve standards for child care centers on military bases by bringing them in line with the standards for other child care centers that receive federal dollars. "This is a common sense proposal," Senator Burr said. "Parents deserve the peace of mind that they are leaving their children in good hands when they drop them off at a military chil… Continue Reading


12.09.15

$24 Million per Year for NC Schools, Common Core Repeal Heads to President’s Desk

Today, the Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by a 85-12 vote, sending the bill to President Obama's desk. ESSA ends the unpopular No Child Left Behind Program, Common Core mandate and also revamps education programs across the country. In addition to repealing the common core mandate, ESSA includes language sponsored by Burr that will fix an inequity in federal education funding that for 15 years has not only shortchanged North Carolina's teachers and schools, but also the low… Continue Reading


11.19.15

Senator Burr Votes to End Common Core Mandate in Education Conference Vote, Fights for $24 Million to NC Schools

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today voted to approve the conference report for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESEA will end the unpopular No Child Left Behind Program, Common Core mandate and will also revamp education programs across the country. The conference report takes dramatic steps away from Washington's ever-growing influence in K-12 education by empowering teachers and principals to make better education choices on behalf of students. The report includes language spo… Continue Reading


10.23.15

Burr & Tillis Applaud Selection of Margaret Spellings as UNC System President

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the UNC Board of Governors for electing former United States Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings as the next UNC System President. "Margaret Spellings will make an outstanding president of the University of North Carolina system," said Senator Richard Burr. "Her years of commitment to college access and completion, particularly for traditionally underserved populations, and knowledge of the nexus between graduate success… Continue Reading


07.17.15

Burr Legislation to Increase North Carolina Education Funding Clears the Senate

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statements on the passage of not one but two pieces of legislation accompanying the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) that will increase funding for education children in North Carolina. "I'm beyond thrilled that North Carolinians will see a significant increase in education funding for our children as a result of these two pieces of legislation," said Burr. "For the future of our state, it is imperative that we do all we can to assist our stud… Continue Reading


07.15.15

Burr Speaks on Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Education Funding for America’s Poorest Children

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) spoke on his bipartisan amendment, Full Educational Opportunity Act, to the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) on the floor last night. The Full Educational Opportunity Act makes more federal educations dollars available to low income children across the United States by treating poor children the same. Watch Burr's Floor Speech here Senator Burr on the Senate Floor: "For decades, this [amendment] penalized poorer states who spend high shares of their tax revenue o… Continue Reading


07.14.15

Burr Offers Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Education Funding for North Carolina’s Poorest Children

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced their amendment, Full Educational Opportunity Act,to the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) yesterday. The Full Educational Opportunity Act makes more federal educations dollars available to low income children across the United States by treating poor children the same. The legislation clarifies the Title 1-A section of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to end a discriminatory policy that unfairly favors a… Continue Reading


07.10.15

Burr and Bennet to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Fund All Low-Income Children Equally, Increasing Funding to Poor Children in 75% of the United States

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced they plan to introduce their amendment, Full Educational Opportunity Act, to the Every Child Achieves Act (ESEA). The Full Educational Opportunity Act makes more federal educations dollars available to low income children across the United States by treating poor children the same. The legislation clarifies the Title 1-A section of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to end a discriminatory policy that … Continue Reading


05.29.15

529 Accounts Help Families in NC Save for Children’s Future

Today marks National 529 College Savings Day to increase awareness of 529 plans. In February, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mark Warner (D.VA), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced companion legislation to H.R. 529 to enhance the already successful Section 529 college savings plans. The bill recently passed 26-0 out of the Senate Finance Committee. H.R. 529 was introduced by Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS.) and Ron Kind (D-WI.) in th… Continue Reading


05.21.15

ICYMI: Burr Fixes Inequity in Education Funding for Low-income Children

In Case You Missed It…. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) penned an op-ed for The Hill on fixing a funding flaw in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Earlier this year, Senator Burr introduced an amendment, which was adopted by the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and fixed a 15 year disparity in funding. The Hill: Let's fix education funding for low income children By Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) 05/21/15 08:00 AM EDT Fifty years ago, Congress passed the Elem… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Burr on Student Loan Rate Drop: Students Benefit from 2013 Legislation to Pair Treasury Rate with Loan Rate

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on today's announcement that federal student loan interest rates are set to drop for the upcoming school year to 4.29 percent, down from 4.66 percent: "I'm thrilled that students across the country have seen the interest rates on their student loans drop for the next year, in addition to over $8 billion in savings from the past year. When I introduced the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, I knew this law would benefit 100% o… Continue Reading


04.21.15

Burr and Heitkamp’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” Resolution to Enrich Childhood Development Passes Senate

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a resolution designating April 23rd as "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" which passed later in the evening. The resolution was designed to create inspiring educational experiences for America's children and was cosponsored with Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). Today's resolution marks the 6th year that Senator Burr has introduced "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work" as a day of national recognition. "Education and hard work are k… Continue Reading


04.16.15

Burr on Committee Markup of Education Bill: Bill to Fix 15 Year Disparity in Funding

Today, Senator Richard Burr, (R-NC), made the following statement following the Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee markup of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA): "Today, I was able to fix an inequity in federal education funding that for 15 years has not only shortchanged North Carolina's teachers and schools, but also the low-income students they serve across our state. Because Congress didn't have the courage to fix this problem in 2001, funding that was intended … Continue Reading


04.15.15

Burr Student Loan Amendment Approved 97-0

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released a statement following an unanimous vote of 97-0 to include his amendment, based on the Repayment Act, to the budget agreement. Senator King (I-ME) joined Burr as an original cosponsor. "For the second time, my amendment with Senator King has passed with overwhelming bipartisan support," said Senator Burr. "Americans are tired of seeing their hard-earned tax dollars go to waste in a student loan program that doesn't adequately serve the interes… Continue Reading


02.26.15

Burr Unveils Legislation To Ease Red Tape On Colleges

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) late yesterday introduced his"Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act", a bill that eases the recent regulations placed on colleges and universities over the last six years. Traditionally, states and independent accrediting bodies handled these issues but the recent wave of new regulations have imposed federal standards that unnecessarily restrict choice and increase costs. This month, an independent report found that the cost of Washington's … Continue Reading


02.12.15

Bipartisan group Of Senators Announces Report On Simplifying Federal Regulations For America's 6,000 Colleges And Universities

, Feb. 12 - A bipartisan group of senators on the Senate education committee, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), today announced a report detailing ways Congress and the Department of Education could streamline and reduce federal regulations for America's 6,000 colleges and universities, while protecting students and taxpayers. Chairman Alexander also announced a hearing to discuss the findings of the report on Febru… Continue Reading


09.16.14

Op-ed: Loan repayment changes will aid students and taxpayers, senators say

By Senators Richard Burr and Angus King Imagine, for a minute, if America's highway system were constructed like our nation's federal student loan repayment programs. Vacationers seeking Maine's iconic coastline or North Carolina's beautiful beaches would be confronted with a dozen options of indirect paths that vary wildly in time from departure-to-arrival, went in roundabout routes and were so confusing to navigate that families got lost multiple times before arriving. Obviously - and thankf… Continue Reading

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