Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Paul Cook Votes for More Educational Innovation

Jul 23, 2014
Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R - Apple Valley) voted in support of H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act. This bill supports innovation across our nation’s higher education institutions.

Currently, our nation’s higher education institutions are developing new models of education that can measure students’ actual learning rather than just the time they spend in the classroom. New educational opportunities will allow students to meet specific personal and financial needs. Unfortunately, outdated federal policies do not allow this to happen.

H.R. 3136 corrects the innovation gap that exists by directing the Secretary of Education to implement competency-based education demonstration projects. This bill will provide accountability by requiring an annual evaluation of each project in terms of financial obstacles and legal barriers. It will also give flexibility to institutions that want to provide students a more personalized, cost-effective education.

Cook said, “Too many Americans are struggling to turn the dream of a higher education into reality. This bill transforms higher education and encourages more innovation, enhances transparency, and helps students make wise financial decisions. As a former college educator, I understand the need to have an education system that reflects the real needs of our local communities. Education is a long term investment, and this is a win for students.”

A member of the House Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, and Veterans’ Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.