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“Our country should fight for all children to achieve the best education, so they too can achieve the American dream. I believe that education is better dealt with at the state and local level as those individuals know what is best for themselves and their children. The people of the 8th Congressional District do not need any federal mandates from Bureaucrats, as that only stifles the knowledge and creativity in the classroom.” – Congressman David Kustoff

Committed to Ending Common Core: Common Core is an absolute disaster. This one-size-fits-all education policy is not only detrimental for our country, but also for our teachers and children. This rigorous national program, with its intensive tests, discourages teachers from teaching creatively. Most notably, Common Core does not give students a good, conventional education.

Supporting Students and their Families:

  • I proudly co-sponsored H.R. 480, the Student Loan Opportunity Act, which was introduced by Congressman Bill Flores. This bill will enable current, non-profit organizations to issue tax-exempt private activity bonds to provide lower-cost private loans to students and parents. By amending a provision within the Higher Education Act, this bill will help families and institutions get more students through college by providing more financial aid through a different source.

Encouraging Workforce Development:

  • Skill based education is in high demand, especially in the 8th Congressional District. Workforce Development is crucial and will make it easier for people to learn the skills needed to be competitive in the workforce and fill the millions of jobs available now.
  • I voted in favor of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, H.R. 2353, which passed on June 22, 2017. This bill helps combat the stigma against career and technical education (CTE) by supporting innovative learning opportunities, building better community partnerships, and encouraging stronger engagement with employers.
  • I also voted in favor of the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act, H.R. 2842, which passed on June 23, 2017, by a vote of 377-34. This bill encourages employer-led partnerships with state and local agencies to hire recipients from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, providing recipients with highly-valued work experience and on-the-job training, including apprenticeships.

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October 1, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  October 1, 2018 – Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08) hosted his annual Military Service Academy Day on Saturday, September 29 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  Nearly two hundred students and their families traveled from across West Tennessee to learn about the nomination process for our nation’s military service academies.