As the son and brother of public school teachers and father of a child in public school, quality education is an issue that is very important to me. For most of the educators and administrators I know, teaching is not just a job, it is a passion. Therefore, I believe that the teachers and administrators who actually work with students understand the needs of those students far better than a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C.
Teachers back home in the 8th district tell me that overbearing Washington regulations hinder their abilities more than they help. Despite tripling overall pupil funding since 1964, academic performance has not improved. Throwing more money at the problems isn't the solution. True positive education reform will involve restoring control at the local level, empowering parents to take an active role in their child's education, and taking our cues from the educators in the classroom–not the bureaucrats in Washington.
We need to reduce the number of federal programs and leave those matters in the hands of local communities so that they can succeed. I am committed to using my voice in Congress to promote that success and I hope that you will continue to share your ideas with me as we work to improve education for the next generation.
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WARNER ROBINS, GA – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08) recognized Amelia Day, 18, a member of the Houston County 4-H Club, upon her being selected as the national winner for the 2017 4-H Youth In Action Award for Citizenship. Day receives the award for her leadership as founder of Operation: Veteran Smiles (OVS), a community service initiative she started at age 13. She will receive a $5,000 scholarship and will serve as spokesperson for the 4-H Citizenship program.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today welcomed Tracy Ingram, a Georgia Science Ambassador and a second grade teacher at Len Lastinger Primary in Tifton, to Washington, D.C. as she was chosen from a pool of over 300 applicants to attend the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of July 17-21, 2017.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), together with Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson and Representatives Jack Kingston (GA-01), Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03), Doug Collins (GA-09), Paul Broun (GA-10), and Phil Gingrey (GA-11), encourage Georgia’s elementary and middle school teachers to take an hour out of their school day to educate students on the importance the U.S. Constitution in anticipation of Constitution Day, observed on September 17, 2014.
WASHINGTON–U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, today held a public hearing to review the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 in advance of the 100th anniversary of its enactment on May 8, 2014.
WASHINGTON–U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, today announced a public hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. to review the Smith-Lever Act on its 100th anniversary.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today delivered the following video statement in response to the President’s 2014 State of the Union address to the nation Tuesday:
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Warner Robins, GA – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today announced an upcoming visit to Middle Georgia State College (MGSC) – Eastman Campus on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, to tour the recently-merged campus and its aviation departments.
Tifton, GA – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today announced students from the Eighth Congressional District of Georgia have received appointments to the United States Service Academies. Eight students nominated by Scott last year have been selected to attend the country’s leading service academies, including the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, the Naval Academy at Annapolis and the Military Academy at West Point.