As a mother, a grandmother, and a former college instructor, I believe that our children deserve every educational opportunity we can give them.
In Congress, I proudly voted for the Every Student Succeeds Act, legislation signed into law to overhaul No Child Left Behind, prohibit government-coerced participation in Common Core, and preserve local control in our education system.
A firm believer in school choice, I also supported the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Reauthorization Act, legislation that leverages Congress’s oversight role into Washington DC funding to ensure that DC education funds specifically include charter schools and scholarships for low-income families to use towards private schooling in situations where the student’s assigned public school may not be up to par. If we can showcase the success of school choice in Washington D.C., states can choose to replicate it nationwide.
Expanding pathways to education for our children also means working to eliminate the confusion and guesswork that is often associated with education-related tax deductions. For that reason, I authored the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act, legislation to rework the tax code for students and make it easier for families to plan, save, and invest in education. Specifically, my bill consolidates four existing education tax provisions into a single, modernized, permanent tax credit that is partially refundable and is weighted to help students who are most in need.
Tennessee’s parents, teachers, principals, and superintendents know better than any Washington bureaucrat what it takes to serve the needs of our communities’ specific student populations. My goal with all education policy is to empower them so they can, in turn, empower our students to succeed.
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after a Texas judge temporarily blocked the Obama Administration’s directive requiring public schools to allow students to use restrooms corresponding with their gender identity, rather than their gender at birth:
Left to Right: Adviser Candice Winchester, Cassidy Winchester, Congressman Diane Black, Maci Arms, Katie Killman, Julie Sullivan, Adviser Cindy Winchester
Rep. Black with this year’s U.S. Service Academy appointees for the class of 2019
Lebanon, TN – U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) invites all students, parents, and school officials from Tennessee’s 6th Congressional district who are interested in learning more about attending our nation’s military academies to come to Academy Day 2015 on Saturday, September 19th beginning at 9:30 AM at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, Tennessee.
Kayla Worley's winning artwork - an acryllic painting entitled "Homestead"
Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the below statement announcing Kayla Worley, a junior at Stone Memorial High School in Crossville, as the winner of the 2015 6th District Congressional Art Competition.
Washington, D.C. –Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the below statement on President Obama’s proposal to offer students free tuition for the first two years of community college. The concept is based on the “Tennessee Promise” initiative.