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Repeal onerous higher education regulations

Case Study: Exacerbating Colleges Costs with More Red Tape

Federal control over higher education put Washington in the middle of issues that have always been the responsibility of institutions and states. They also increase compliance costs on institutions, forcing colleges and universities to consider raising tuition or shifting resources away from student services.

Task Force Solution: Repeal onerous higher education regulations.

Each federal rule and reporting requirement levied on schools, colleges, & universities carries its own cost that is ultimately passed onto students. Therefore, Congress must eliminate burdensome higher education regulations. These regulations are a counterproductive impediment to colleges and universities trying to serve their students. Congress can help strengthen higher education and control costs by removing burdensome and duplicative federal requirements that prevent institutions from delivering higher education in more creative, cost-effective ways.

Source: A Better Way: Our Vision for the Economy (GOP Blueprint) , Jun 14, 2016

School choice: lifeline for kids trapped in failing schools

The Every Student Succeeds Act includes a number of reforms that will help expand school choice opportunities, including federal support for high-quality charter schools.

School choice takes many forms and is an increasingly important lifeline for children trapped in failing schools. [For example], the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program school choice program has helped thousands of children in the nation's capital receive a high-quality education. In fact, 90% of students in the program graduate from high school (compared to just 64% of students in D.C. public schools). Providing all children--particularly the most vulnerable children--better educational choices will give them a better chance to succeed beyond the classroom.

Congress should build on these reforms so that every child--regardless of where they live and the difficult circumstances they face--can receive an excellent education and equal opportunity to pursue a lifetime of happiness and success.

Source: A Better Way: Our Vision for Upward Mobility (GOP Blueprint) , Jun 7, 2016

Allow Pell Grants to be used year-round

The Pell Grant program must be modernized to address the unique needs of contemporary students. For example, while the Pell Grant provides support for more than one-third of all undergraduate students, the program fails to adequately support those who want to complete their studies more quickly by taking additional courses beyond the traditional academic year. Instead, students who receive Pell Grants are bound to a rigid system based on a six-year, two-semester timeline--discouraging many students from pursing higher education altogether.

Pell Grants must be more flexible to help meet the needs of today's students, and the integrity of the program should be strengthened to ensure it is sustainable for generations of students to come. By allowing Pell Grants to be used year-round, students will be able to accelerate their coursework, thereby completing their program more quickly and at a lower cost and with less student loan debt.

Source: A Better Way: Our Vision for Upward Mobility (GOP Blueprint) , Jun 7, 2016

Shift to community colleges and technical institutions

Over 50% of recent college grads are unemployed or underemployed, working at jobs for which their expensive educations gave them no training. It is time to get back to basics and to higher education programs directly related to job opportunities.

The first step is to acknowledge the need for change when the status quo is not working. New systems of learning are needed to compete with traditional four-year colleges: expanded community colleges and technical institutions, private training schools, online universities, life-long learning, and work-based learning in the private sector. New models for acquiring advanced skills will be ever more important in the rapidly changing economy of the 21st century, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math. Public policy should address all these challenges and to make accessible to everyone the emerging alternatives, with their lower cost degrees, to traditional college attendance.

Source: 2012 Republican Party Platform , Aug 27, 2012

No federal college loans; just insure private loans

College costs are on an unsustainable trajectory, rising year by year far ahead of overall inflation. Nationwide, student loan debt now exceeds credit card debt, roughly $23,300 for each of the 35,000,000 debtors, taking years to pay off.

Federal student aid is on an unsustainable path, and efforts should be taken to provide families with greater transparency and the information they need to make prudent choices about a student's future: completion rates, repayment rates, future earnings, and other factors that may affect their decisions. The federal government should not be in the business of originating student loans; however, it should serve as an insurance guarantor for the private sector as they offer loans to students. Private sector participation in student financing should be welcomed. Any regulation that drives tuition costs higher must be reevaluated to balance its worth against its negative impact on students and their parents.

Source: 2012 Republican Party Platform , Aug 27, 2012

Promote school choice and home-schooling

We applaud efforts to promote school choice initiatives that give parents more control over their childrenís education. By the same token, we defend the option for home schooling and call for vigilant enforcement of laws designed to protect family rights and privacy in education. Children should not be compelled to answer offensive or intrusive questionnaires.
Source: 2004 Republican Party Platform, p. 84 , Sep 1, 2004

Support voluntary student-initiated prayer in school

We will continue to work for the return of voluntary school prayer to our schools and will strongly enforce the Republican legislation that guarantees equal access to school facilities by student religious groups. We strongly support voluntary student-initiated prayer in school without governmental interference. We strongly disagree with the Supreme Courtís rulings against student-initiated prayer.
Source: 2004 Republican Party Platform, p. 84 , Sep 1, 2004

Limit role of federal government in education

The role of the federal government must be limited as we return control to parents, teachers, and school boards. We defend the option for home schooling and call for enforcement of laws to protect family privacy. We will work for the return of voluntary school prayer and will strongly enforce legislation that guarantees equal access to school facilities by student religious groups.
Source: Republican Platform adopted at GOP National Convention , Aug 12, 2000

Increase access to higher education with savings accounts

College costs continue to climb. These costs squeeze the budgets of the middle class. We propose a study on the effect of government regulation. The Republican party stands in solidarity with the faculty who are penalized for conservatism and also with students who run independent campus newspapers.
Source: Republican Platform adopted at GOP National Convention , Aug 12, 2000

Strongly support voluntary student-initiated prayer

We will continue to work for the return of voluntary school prayer to our schools and will strongly enforce the Republican legislation that guarantees equal access to school facilities by student religious groups. We strongly support voluntary student-initiated prayer in school without governmental interference. We strongly disagree with the Supreme Courtís recent ruling, backed by the current administration, against student-initiated prayer.
Source: Republican Platform adopted at GOP National Convention , Aug 12, 2000

Achievement is basis for access to college

Ours is a system in which achievement can count for more than money or social status. Americans are rightly proud of that. Now the challenges we face in the technological revolution and in the global economy require us to continue to expand the extent and excellence of higher education. That is why both Governor Bush and congressional Republicans have given priority to programs that increase access to higher education for qualified students.
Source: Republican Platform adopted at GOP National Convention , Aug 12, 2000

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