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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Education and Opportunity

During my time in Congress, I have been a strong advocate for the advancement and reform of our education system.  I believe that the parents and communities should be in charge of educating our children – not the federal government.

That’s why I cosponsored H.R. 899, a bill to terminate the Department of Education. Bureaucrats in Washington aren’t able to address needs of individual students. Getting rid of the Department of Education empowers local school boards, teachers and parents to decide how students are educated.

In the same way, it’s time we eliminate Common Core Standards from our schools. It fails to address concerns from parents, administrators and teachers on the front lines of education. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to education. Each student learns differently and our education system should be individualized to best fit their needs.

Over the years, I have fought for our universities in the state of Louisiana, as well as career and technical education (CTE). I have worked hard to secure grants and funding for the universities and colleges in Louisiana. 2018 grants include:

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More on Education and Opportunity

March 18, 2019 In The News

Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham recently sent a letter to President Trump urging him to consider Louisiana as the home for a proposed Space Force headquarters. He commended the president for his efforts to advance the U.S. Space Command, and expressed his support for additional defense funding in the president’s recent budget proposal.

March 17, 2019 In The News

As an oil executive, I appreciate the jobs that the oil & gas industry provides to our region. I also understand that we need to actively recruit all avenues of job creation for Bossier Parish. There is one such opportunity in the bid to become the home for the newest military branch, the U.S. Space Force.

March 12, 2019 In The News

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-La., wrote a letter to President Donald Trump pitching Louisiana as the future headquarters for the new United States Space Command.

August 22, 2018 In The News

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.

August 21, 2018 Press Release

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.

August 9, 2018 Press Release

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.
 

July 18, 2018 Press Release

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.