H.R. 529: Cathy voted with a bipartisan majority to help students and families save money for higher education. This bill would allow students to use their 529 college savings to purchase computers, and make it easier to redeposit funds for expenses into the account.
Secure Rural Schools Program: Cathy joined a bipartisan majority to reauthorize the Elementary & Secondary Education Act that provides critical school funding for rural counties, including those in SW Washington. This act was hailed as the largest devolution of education policy to the states in 25 years.
The 21st Century Classroom Innovation Act:was introduced by Cathy to enable state education agencies to recognize blended learning pilot programs at the local level – blending online and in-person instruction. Its purpose was written into law at the end of the year.
Student Success Act: Cathy supported this legislation to undo dozens of No Child Left Behind Mandates, block schools from being forced to adopt common core, and return power to local states and school boards. It passed the House and was signed into law this year.