Education and Opportunity
During my time in Congress, I have been a strong advocate for the advancement and reform of our education system. I opposed the Obama Administration’s national advancement of common core. I believe that the parents and communities should be in charge of educating our children – not the federal government. That is why in 2017 I cosponsored H.R.899 which would terminate the Department of Education (ED). The ED has been putting teachers unions over students for too many years. With the passage of this landmark piece of legislation, power would finally be put back in the hands of local educators and not bureaucrats.
Over the years, I have also fought for our universities in the state of Louisiana. When the Louisiana Legislature approved a resolution to make Grambling State University a land-grant college, I took the resolution to Congress for approval at the federal level. In June 2016, I worked with the University of Louisiana at Monroe to activate a state of the art Doppler Weather Radar approved for use on campus. In August 2016 I helped Louisiana Tech earn a $6 million grant for research toward epilepsy. Our institutions are some of the best in the state, and I will continue to make sure they get the grants they need to make advancements in various fields of study.
As your congressman I will always fight for our local education and ensure that we have all the economic opportunities possible.
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Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced Tuesday that the University of Louisiana at Monroe is receiving a nearly $275,000 federal grant to buy new weather satellite equipment.
The National Science Foundation awarded the Major Research Instrumentation award to ULM so that the university can buy a compact, portable Doppler Wind Lidar system. This equipment uses lasers to study atmospheric characteristics such as wind, turbulence and aerosols. It will allow ULM to better research storms and air quality to improve public safety and human health.
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced today that the University of Louisiana at Monroe is receiving a nearly $275,000 federal grant to buy new weather satellite equipment.
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, today announced nearly $400,000 in grant funding from the US Department of Agriculture for education and workforce development projects across Northeast and Central Louisiana.
The USDA rural development grants will fund three projects that will benefit residents in 14 different parishes, 11 of which are in Louisiana’s 5thCongressional District.
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced today the Economic Development Agency will award a $400,000 grant aimed at creating jobs, developing entrepreneurs and growing small businesses in Central Louisiana.
The grant was awarded to the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) to develop the Center for Innovation and Prosperity. It is expected to create 250 jobs and cultivate $500,000 in private investment.