As a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, I am committed to strengthening America’s education system. Since coming to Congress, I have fought to advance fiscally responsible reforms to improve educational opportunities from pre-K early childhood education through higher education and beyond.
Over the past few years, unnecessary federal regulations have made it much harder for teachers to offer their students the most excellent education. I supported H.R. 5, The Student Success Act, which is legislation designed to reduce the federal footprint in education by getting rid of the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), the current accountability system that no longer effectively benefits our students. The passage of this bill will return responsibility back to the states and locally elected school boards, the entities which best know what it takes to provide quality education to our children.
I have faith in our school boards, administrators, and professional classroom educators and will continue to work as a partner with them to ensure that students in the Second Congressional District receive the highest quality education.
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I am grateful to announce that the office is currently accepting submissions for the Second Annual Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places Essay Competition, an elementary-school writing challenge for students in South Carolina’s Second Congressional District. As the husband of a retired school teacher, I know the importance of encouraging writing in young students.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced the 2016 Congressional Art Competition at Irmo High School on Monday, February 22:
“I am honored to announce that the office is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. For the past 34 years, this competition has inspired and encouraged young artists,” Wilson said.
“I know how much talent there is in South Carolina’s Second Congressional District, and I encourage all high school students to participate. I look forward to seeing the entries.”
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement this evening after President Obama concluded his State of the Union address:
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced his 2016 Legislative Agenda on Monday at across the Second Congressional District, including Columbia, West Columbia, Aiken, North Augusta, Barnwell, Orangeburg, and Lexington. “I look forward to a new legislative year and continuing our progress to promote limited government and expanded freedom for American families,” Wilson said.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House passed S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act today.