As a mother of two young children, I know how important it is to get it right when it comes to education. I believe decisions about education are best made locally. That is why I have worked in Congress to implement education policies that puts local educators and parents in the driver's seat for improving education.

While in Congress, I introduced the Defending State Authority Over Education Act, a bill to stop federal coercion in education policy that tied the hands of state and local educators. I said at the time the true goal was having the language of this bill included in a rewrite of the unworkable No Child Left Behind law (NCLB). The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced NCLB and became law, incorporated my bill by placing new, unprecedented restrictions on the U.S. Secretary of Education. Specifically, the ESSA prohibits the Department of Education from using money and rule waivers to coerce a state’s policy decisions, such as Common Core.

I will always fight to improve our education laws with policies that reflect a more conservative, state-driven approach to education. By reducing the federal footprint in education, we empower teachers, principals, and parents to be the driving force behind our children’s education.

More on Education

October 16, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
A solid education has the power to change a life. Educators show up to their classrooms each morning motivated to impact their students. Teachers are some of the best role models for our children giving them purpose, setting them up for success, and inspiring them to do well.
August 22, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Every school across the state continues to adapt to accommodate students’ return, all while keeping them as safe as possible during this pandemic. Although the start to this school year looks quite different than most, it is beneficial for our students to be back learning and continuing their education, even if it calls for following unique and new routines.
February 28, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Each summer, I am pleased to offer college students from Alabama’s Second District with congressional internship opportunities. My summer internship program is a competitive experience intended for students who have completed at least their undergraduate freshman year and are interested in learning about our nation’s Legislative Branch. With opportunities in my Washington, D.C., office and all three of my district offices located in Alabama, students are provided a unique experience to observe the daily operations of a congressional office.
February 21, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The modern workplace is constantly changing, and it’s imperative that educators and facilities keep up with this rapid pace. For almost 40 years, federal funding has helped support career and technical education programs at the state and local level. Career Tech programs help connect students with rewarding careers and boost local economies by enhancing the workforce. These programs ensure our future workers have the necessary skills that are foundational to our society. The Career Tech Education (CTE) programs across the country and in the state of Alabama have greatly improved over the years to offer training that our students are sincerely interested in.
January 31, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Education is one of the most critical components of our society today. It is how we formulate opinions and perspectives, gain exposure to different ideas and cultures, and develop new skills. With the knowledge and understanding gained from a solid education, we are able to learn how to be successful in our careers, family lives, and personal lives. Education also stimulates the whole country, furthering economic growth and stability. With education, one is able to take in the world around them and turn it into something better.
November 15, 2019 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The Congressional Art Competition is a unique opportunity to recognize the artistic talents of students from all over the country, including those in Alabama’s Second Congressional District. The winning artwork is displayed in the U.S. Capitol building for one year, and the exhibit includes the winning artwork from all participating congressional districts.
October 11, 2019 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I believe now is an appropriate time to remind high school seniors in the Second District that the deadline to apply for nomination to the United States service academies through my office is less than one month away on November 8th at 5:00 p.m. Central Time.
September 20, 2019 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
In Congress, I have and will continue to support strong funding for STEM education opportunities. We must do all we can to expose more young people to these increasingly important fields so that today’s workforce is ready for tomorrow’s jobs.
August 30, 2019 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I always enjoy spending time with the hardworking, dedicated professionals at the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Fusion Center. I appreciated their time and the informative update about the critically important work they are doing each day to combat crimes, especially those against children.
August 2, 2019 Press Release

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today congratulated Montgomery native Wyatt Davidson for completing an internship this summer in her Washington, D.C., office.

During his time in Representative Roby’s office, Wyatt conducted tours of the United States Capitol building, drafted and presented a policy proposal, attended committee hearings, assisted constituents with their various requests, and more.