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Before coming to Congress, I taught in the public high school classroom for 28 years. If there's one thing that experience taught me, it's that education is a local issue. Our education priorities in Utah should be established by parents and local teachers, not mandated by the federal government. I favor turning more control and power over to those at the local level who know the needs of their students and their communities better than any bureaucrat in Washington ever could. I fear that we are counterproductive when we waste money on one-size-fits-all federal programs that bind the hands of creative teachers and administrators at the local level.

I would also support tuition tax credits and vouchers. I believe that anything that gives more control, empowerment, flexibility, and involvement to parents for the education of their children is a good idea.

Education funding in Utah is always a hot issue. I commend the Legislature and the Governor for their efforts in trying to strike a balance for properly budgeting for Utah's schools. I feel the best thing that I, as a federal lawmaker, can do for them in this regard is to get the federal government out of their way and leave more money back in the State to begin with to give them more resources with which to work.

More on Education

January 22, 2013 Press Release
 WASHINGTON-- Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) has issued a letter to Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis regarding potential cuts to the Job Corps facility located in Clearfield, Utah. Utah's entire delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives joined in support of the letter, which encouraged Secretary Solis to explore other cost saving measures that would prevent student slots and jobs from being cut at the Clearfield facility. Read the letter here.
December 6, 2012 Article
By Kelly Cannon, Herald Journal News [read online here] A Mountain Crest government and history teacher was surprised to be honored by U.S. Rep Rob Bishop on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last week while she was visiting the nation's capital with students.
March 22, 2012 Press Release
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September 26, 2011 Press Release
Today, more than 250 high school students from around Utah's First Congressional District will attend the 7th annual Education Conference held by Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) at the Utah State Capitol.  The conference provides students with an opportunity to expand on their current civics and government studies by engaging in discussions on topics regarding Congress, the legislative process, history and campaigns. 
September 23, 2011 Press Release
Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT), who served as an educator in Utah's public school system for 28 years, today decried President Obama's decision to allow states to have limited exemption from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) only if they agree to adopt a new set of mandates unilaterally created by the White House.   
September 22, 2011 Press Release
Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chairman of the House Natural Resources National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee, today held a legislative hearing on the Action Plan for Public Lands & Education (APPLE) Act [H.R. 2852]. 
October 27, 2009 Press Release
On Monday, October 19, 2009, nearly 180 high school students from Utah's First Congressional District will participate in the Education Conference hosted annually by Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01.) Each year, the conference provides students with a unique opportunity to expand upon their current civics and government studies by participating in hands-on discussions with Utah's elected officials and community leaders.
October 27, 2009 Press Release
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution introduced by Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) recognizing Weber State University for the 120th anniversary of its founding as an institution of higher education.