I am deeply concerned by the deterioration of our nation’s public school system. Many of our children receive low-quality education that undermines their potential and threatens our society. I believe our policies should enable parents and local school districts to choose school programs and curriculum that best fit students’ needs.

The federal government’s well-intentioned efforts to regulate our nation’s public schools have contributed to problems within our educational system. Our great country is too large and too diverse for a one-size-fits-all approach to education. We must limit the role of the federal government in our classrooms to allow parents and teachers to act in students’ best interest. I also believe we should distribute federal spending in block grants with few or no strings attached.

We can also give parents and students more freedom in their educational choices by allowing alternatives—such as school vouchers, charter schools, on-line education, home schooling, and education savings accounts. A refundable tax credit, equal to the cost of educating a child in a public school, should be given to parents who opt for these alternative programs that cost nothing to the public school system. The increased competition with public schools would also incentivize progress and improvement. I oppose any attempts by unions to limit education choices through unfair regulations.

Congressman Lamborn delivers books and smiles to Centennial Elementary School in Colorado Springs.

Congressman Lamborn delivers books and smiles to Centennial Elementary School in Colorado Springs. 



Major Education Legislation:

H.R. 5 Student Success Act
I voted in strong support of this bill that replaces the failed standards of No Child Left Behind with localized, state-led systems. This legislation frees K–12 education from Common Core curriculum, reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and funds programs for disadvantaged students and Title I schools. Parents, educators, and individual school districts will be empowered under H.R. 5 to control their own path and ensure that students have the opportunities they need to succeed.

Top 10 Ways the Student Success Act Improves on No Child Left Behind

Cosponsored Education Legislation:

H.R. 3421 - A PLUS Act
I cosponsored this bill that would allow more financial freedom for individual states. This legislation, supported by the Heritage Foundation, would allow states to combine certain funds in order to improve students’ academic achievement. 

H.R. 1089 - Native American Indian Education Act
This legislation fulfills our nation’s promise to provide affordable higher education to Native Americans. H.R. 1089 instructs the Department of Education to reimburse educational institutions for tuition costs of Native American students. 

H.R. 5275 - PUBLIC School Act of 2016

H.R. 6433 - Protect the Flag Act

More on Education

September 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos raising alarm at San Francisco State University’s hosting known-terrorist, Leila Khaled for a virtual lecture to university students. Leila Khaled hijacked two planes in 1969 and 1970 with members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.   

Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement:

August 26, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.- This week, Congressman Doug Lamborn penned an op-ed featured in the Washington Examiner, warning about the dangerous policies of the Democratic Party. 

What Joe Biden’s America would look like in 2021
By Rep. Doug Lamborn

May 4, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03), Doug Lamborn (CO-05) and eight of their colleagues sent a letter to Secretary DeVos applauding her common-sense guidance directing universities to restrict limited coronavirus aid to American students and students legally residing in the United States.
March 6, 2020 Press Release
This evening at Library 21c in Colorado Springs, Congressman Lamborn joined students, parents, and educators from the 5th Congressional District to celebrate beautiful art and local talent.
February 11, 2020 Press Release
On February 10th, Congressman Doug Lamborn hosted a telephone town hall to discuss President Trump's acquittal, the President's budget, the economy, U.S. Space Command, prescription drug prices, and other issues important to constituents of the Fifth Congressional District.
February 4, 2020 Press Release
Congressman Lamborn's statement on the 2020 State of the Union.
October 20, 2017 In The News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —  Congressman Doug Lamborn visited students, staff and teachers at Coronado High School Friday to hand out 150 pocket versions of the Constitution.

Lamborn encouraged students to participate in the Congressional Art Competition, which currently has Colorado student-produced fine art on display in Washington D.C.

He said handing out the Constitution to students is an important step for their future.

February 28, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement in response to the President's Joint Address to a Session of Congress: