Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Education

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

December 1, 2017 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I’m proud of the work being done for STEM education at Maxwell and Fort Rucker, and I am eager to see it continue and flourish.
August 31, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) today announced that students in Alabama's Second Congressional District will have the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge.
August 29, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) today congratulated Caroline Franklin, Ben Silverman, and Greg Silverman, all students at the University of Alabama, for completing internships this summer in her Washington, D.C. office.
August 29, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) today congratulated Mary Light of Enterprise, Alabama, for completing an internship this summer in her Washington, D.C. office.
August 29, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) today congratulated Porter Kennedy, a junior finance major at Auburn University, for completing an internship this summer in her Washington, D.C. office.
August 29, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) today congratulated Montgomery natives Ashtyne Cole Traylor, Caroline Franklin, Parker Reynolds, and Porter Kennedy for completing internships this summer in her Washington, D.C. office.
August 29, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) today congratulated Nina Harper of Dothan, Alabama, for completing an internship this summer in her Washington, D.C. office.
August 25, 2017 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I am eager to get students at Prattville and all throughout our state involved in the Congressional App Challenge.
August 18, 2017 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The Congressional calendar offers time in August for representatives and senators to spend more time home in our states and districts visiting with those we represent.
July 7, 2017 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Career tech programs connect today’s students with tomorrow’s careers by equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to be competitive in the workforce.