As a member of the Education and Workforce Committee, I hope to enact policies that continue driving education decisions back to the state and local level, closer to our students. In the 21st century we must offer our students new pathways to success. This means investing in innovative educational and technical opportunities, beginning in elementary and high school, to effectively transition students to a career or post-secondary education. By preparing young people with the skills to succeed in our modern economy, we will ensure better opportunities for all to advance up the socioeconomic ladder.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) today introduced H.R. 4372, the Help Students Repay Act, legislation which would consolidate the complicated web of income-driven student loan repayment plans. Currently, student loan borrowers must choose from nine different loan repayment plans, five of which are income-driven. Ferguson’s legislation would replace these five plans with a single, simplified income-based repayment plan.
WASHINGTON D.C. –Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) today introduced the PARTNERS Act with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.). This bill would establish a grant program to promote local partnerships to help small and medium sized businesses develop work-based learning programs. Funding for this grant would come from fees collected for H1-B visas.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) today joined with Congressmen Luke Messer (R-Ind.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Tom Garrett (R-Va.) to introduce the Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act of 2017. This bill would streamline data sharing between two-year and four-year institutions to enable community colleges to notify transfer students as soon as they have earned enough credits to receive an associate’s degree. This process is called reverse transfer and is helpful for the almost 25% of students who transfer from two-year to four-year institutions annually.
WASHINGTON D.C. - Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) today spoke at a press conference following the passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act.
WASHINGTON D.C. - Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.), Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Congressman Rick Allen (R-Ga.) today praised the appointment of Dr. A. Wayne Johnson to fill the position of Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA).
WASHINGTON, DC– Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.), a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, today voted to pass the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act out of committee. Ferguson is an original cosponsor of the bill and spoke during the hearing about the critical work CTE programs in the Third District are doing to prepare students for successful careers.
WASHINGTON, DC– Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.), a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, Wednesday hosted a Higher Education roundtable with university leaders from the Third District. The meeting was hosted by Columbus State University and covered a number of issues facing Third District institutions of higher education including flexibility in regulatory compliance, accreditation, student success and financial aid literacy.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Drew Ferguson’s (R-Ga.) today attended the signing of an executive order at the White House. The executive order signed by President Donald Trump will direct the Secretary of Education to ensure Department of Education regulations conform with laws requiring state and local control of education. The Secretary of Education will need to modify or rescind any regulations that are not in compliance.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) today voted for House Joint Resolutions 57 and 58 which would block two Department of Education rules expanding federal government overreach. H.J. Res. 57 overturns a rule that outlined nationwide accountability measures rather than allowing state and local leaders to determine their own accountability standards for local schools.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) today was named to the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions and the Subcommittee of Workforce Protections as a part of his work on the Committee on Education and the Workforce.