As the son of a North Carolina public school teacher, I strongly believe an excellent education is the right of every child. One of the main reasons I ran for Congress was to advance fiscally responsible reforms that would improve educational opportunities for students in pre-K to higher education and beyond. This must be the cornerstone in our fight to create a more prosperous America.
Excessive intervention by the federal government has made it much harder for teachers to help students reach their full potential. This has left us with an education system that is broken, but thankfully, not beyond repair. We can commit to improving education by moving from the bureaucratic-dominated status quo to a reformed system that includes accountability and increased parent choice.
For far too long, Washington has dictated what happens in our classrooms through programs like “Common Core.” Unfortunately, the problems in our education system cannot be fixed with our federal government’s one size fits all solution.
I believe we must champion an approach that will return responsibility back to the states, locally elected school boards and parents, the entities that best know what it takes to provide quality education to our children. This is the only way we can equip our young people to succeed in the highly competitive 21st Century economy and become virtuous citizens who will ensure America’s future.
In the 114th Congress , I was proud to support the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177), which President Obama signed into law in December 2015. This legislation ended Washington’s mandate on “Common Core” and ended No Child Left Behind. According to the Wall Street Journal, this was the largest return of control to the states and localities from the federal government in a quarter-century. I believe this is a positive first step and will allow us to continue to fight to get the federal government out of our classrooms and ensure our schools can continue to build an environment where every student has the opportunity to succeed.
I was honored to be a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce during my first term. I used my position there to ensure that we prioritize our spending on programs that effectively educate our children. During my time on the Education and Workforce Committee, I was proud to cosponsor the House-passed version of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803) which the President signed into law. This legislation consolidates and streamlines workforce development programs, protects taxpayer dollars, and ensures that workers have the skills they need to get the jobs that are out there. I look forward to continuing my work to help unemployed North Carolinians access the skills needed to get back to work and for more comprehensive solutions our education system so desperately needs.
Working with President Donald Trump, we made incredible progress to transform our career and technical education (CTE) system. I was proud to support the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353) which President Trump signed into law to help more than 11 million students across America who utilize CTE programs to gain the skills and knowledge needed for rewarding careers.
As I’ve traveled across our district, I’ve seen firsthand just how effective local high-skilled job-training programs can be. In Kannapolis, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has partnered with A.L. Brown High School on a welding program that will open doors for countless students. At both Stanly Community College and Sandhills Community College, the advanced manufacturing programs are the critical training grounds for high-skilled manufacturing workers. And at Fayetteville Tech, veterans get the support and the skills they need to seamlessly transition from military service to the civilian world. I’ll continue to work to ensure our local students, community colleges, high schools and small business owners have the access and flexibility to implement programs that work in our district.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman, along with U.S. Representative Rob Wittman (VA-01) introduced the Counting Overlooked Base Impact Aid (COBIA) Act to ensure schools educating service-connected children receive the full sum of federal Impact Aid to which they are currently entitled.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) introduced legislation today to address gun violence and improve school safety. The STOP II: Classrooms Over Conference Rooms Act doubles funding for the STOP School Violence Act by taking money set aside for the U.S. Department of Education to rent conference rooms in Washington, D.C. This legislation is one of six bills introduced over the past week by House Republicans to address gun violence. The legislation comes as House Democrats bring up a vote this week on H.R. 8 and H.R.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) introduced an amendment today to provide an additional $2 billion for vaccines in the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2021. Rep. Hudson's amendment would also dedicate $1 billion of this funding to make vaccines available to teachers to help schools reopen as soon as possible.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08) has introduced an amendment to provide an additional $2 billion for vaccines in the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2021. Hudson’s amendment would also dedicate $1 billion of the funding to make vaccines available to teachers to help schools reopen as soon as possible.
Throughout the pandemic, I’ve remained committed to identifying and funding real needs of workers, small businesses and health care professionals on the frontlines battling coronavirus in our community. We have come a long way over the past year in responding to the challenges of COVID-19. Now, our top priority is getting vaccines to the American people.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) introduced an amendment today to provide $1 billion for vaccines for teachers. During a markup in the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2021, Rep. Hudson offered the amendment to add the funding that will prioritize COVID-19 vaccines for teachers so that schools can reopen as quickly as possible.
CABARRUS COUNTY — Congressman Richard Hudson was very clear during his visit to the County’s mass vaccination site Tuesday morning: he wants teachers to receive their vaccinations.
“It’s a real priority to get our teachers vaccinated,” Rep. Hudson (NC-08) said after taking a tour of the vaccination site at the Cabarrus Arena. “I’ve been pushing for it on the federal level, we’ve said it’s a priority, the Governor, it’s up to him on how he prioritizes them in the distribution here.”
TROY — U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson has nominated 20 students from throughout the 8th District to U.S. service academies. Montgomery and Moore counties are among the areas this district includes. During a ceremony on Feb. 9 at Montgomery Community College in Troy, Rep. Hudson congratulated the students and thanked them for their willingness to serve our country.
The following students of Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines were nominated to service academies:
U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08) has nominated 20 students from throughout the 8th District to U.S. service academies. During a ceremony Feb. 9, at Montgomery Community College in Troy, Hudson congratulated the students and thanked them for their willingness to serve our country.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement congratulating Maureen Stover, the 2021 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, on being named a National Teacher of the Year finalist by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Stover is an Air Force veteran and teaches biology, earth and environmental science, and advancement via individual determination (AVID) at Cumberland International Early College High School in Fayetteville.