President Bush has made education reform a major focus of his administration through his No Child Left Behind initiative. I understand the critical importance of education in the Second District. Federal spending only makes up eight percent of the overall funding for education. Although this is a relatively small amount, education funding is important to make sure we give our kids a chance to receive a quality education. I am glad to see that No Child Left Behind has given local school districts greater input on how federal dollars are spent.

I have worked to make it easier for teachers who incurred out of pocket expenses to receive tax relief, I have also worked to secure an exemption for the Kentucky Head Start Association to be excluded from the national pilot program in the School Readiness Act, and have supported the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Other legislation supported:

- Cosponsored legislation to assist students receiving financial aid in higher education. The bill would repeal the limitation on the amount of student loan interest that is subject to tax deduction and would provide for the exclusion of books, room, board, etc. from gross taxable income. (HR 1380)
- Cosponsored legislation to ensure education excellence for the “working poor” by expanding the free lunch program in schools and eliminating the reduced price category. (HR 3441- 108th Congress)
- Supported a comprehensive revision of higher education programs including the reauthorization of important programs such as Pell grants, TRIO, GEAR UP, and Perkins Loans. (HR 609)
- Supported legislation to help families save for college by making permanent the federal tax-exempt treatment of Section 529 college savings programs. (HR 2386)
- Advocated for equality for home school students by permitting home school students to be eligible for federal financial aid and allowing their parents to participate in Education Savings Accounts. (HR 3753)