Rep. Bishop Touts Back to School Energy Survey
Congressman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) today announced a new online survey that will allow school officials, parents, teachers, and community members to share their stories of how high energy prices are impacting Utah's schools. The Back to School Energy Survey, posted on the Republican portion of the House Education and Labor Committee website, will gather critical information about how schools are coping with rising fuel costs. It will also give Congress valuable information and an important new resource as it works to respond to America's growing energy crisis.
"Energy costs continue to rise, Congress is doing nothing, and our schools are paying the price," said Representative Bishop. "We've seen gas prices go from an average of $2.33 per gallon in January 2007 to $3.93 per gallon today, while diesel prices – particularly important for school transportation purposes – have risen from $2.44 per gallon to $4.71 per gallon today. Those kinds of increases hit school budgets hard."
House Republicans developed this web-based survey that will help determine the full impact of the nation's soaring gas prices on our schools. The survey, which can be found online at http://republicans.edlabor.house.gov/energysurvey.shtml, will collect information from school officials, teachers, families, and communities to determine the extent of the energy crisis in our schools – input that should help force Congress to take action to help develop more American energy and lower fuel costs.
"I hope a lot of folks that care about education take a minute to fill out this survey," said Congressman Bishop, a 28-year high school teacher himself. The lawmaker, who sits on the House Education and Labor Committee, continued "The price at the pump is hurting our schools, but I'm afraid Congress isn't getting that message. House Leadership needs to hear from constituents directly about the serious impacts kids and schools are feeling, so that Congress can get serious about enacting real energy reform."