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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 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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