Education and Opportunity

Education is key to success in our economy. I support efforts to ensure all students have access to a high quality education, one that best fits their learning needs. I will work to update critical education policies and return decision-making back to parents and communities. 

In addition, I support improving access to quality, affordable higher education. I will support efforts to help students and parents have clear information about the real costs of college. This includes reforms that ensure student aid will be available for those who need it most and reductions in costly federal regulations on colleges and universities. It is time for a new direction, one in which institutions, states and the students themselves play a key role in helping control costs and making responsible choices.

Finally, scientific and technological discoveries have made our country a global economic leader.  I support efforts aimed at spurring innovation, which will lead to economic growth and create jobs for the American people.  Additionally, I believe we should encourage our children to become the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.  I support efforts to increase access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs in order to inspire children to pursue these fields.


More on Education and Opportunity

February 24, 2016 In The News
Excerpt: U.S. Congressional Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, spoke Monday on the subject of the national budget.
February 18, 2016 Press Release
Representative John Moolenaar invites all high school students from Michigan's Fourth Congressional District to enter their art in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition.
January 20, 2016 In The News

Excerpt: Moolenaar toured manufacturing training classrooms at MCC’s Greenville facility, with amenities such as a motor control room that teaches basics to journeymen, hydraulic trainers, desktop CNC mills, motors, welding, computer classrooms (where the student assignment is to wire the entire room) and a new photography classroom where students can learn about photos, video and marketing...

January 2, 2016 Editorial

I am honored by the trust you have placed in me to serve as your representative in Washington, D.C. It is a privilege that I do not take for granted.  Reflecting on my first year in Congress, I have had many remarkable experiences, and a couple stand out as highlights — like attending the president’s State of the Union speech.  It was fascinating, just looking around the House and walking through Statuary Hall is amazing. The Capitol is truly a majestic building and a landmark that all Americans can be proud of.

December 17, 2015 Press Release
Moolenaar: "The legislation permanently extends the research and development tax credit that leading Michigan companies use to make innovative new products that are sold around the world. This will reduce the tax burden for Michigan businesses and create more jobs for Michigan residents.”
December 10, 2015 Press Release
Moolenaar: "I voted for this new law because it prohibits the federal government from incentivizing or coercing states into adopting Common Core. The bill signed into law today repeals federal mandates and it provides more flexibility to parents and teachers to do what is best for students."
October 13, 2015 Editorial
In Michigan, we see rising costs in our grocery bills, health care and, for those with young children, the cost of child care. However, while the cost of child care is increasing, the amount of this tax benefit remains the same. So, in an email to my office, this constituent suggested that our tax code should be updated to allow the tax-free benefit to increase with the rate of inflation. Now his idea is a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.
July 8, 2015 Press Release
The Student Success Act eliminates more than 65 ineffective government programs, putting more money for students into the classroom. The legislation also prohibits the federal government from coercing states into adopting Common Core. As a former charter school administrator and the parent of school-aged children, I believe it is important to protect the rights of parents to decide how to best educate their children.
June 12, 2015 Press Release
Today, the National Science Foundation announced an award to Alma College for its research on soil and Michigan’s forests. “I congratulate Alma College on this award. This research will benefit Michiganders and help us learn more about the best practices for managing and protecting the health of Michigan’s beautiful forests,” said Representative John Moolenaar (R-Midland).
May 20, 2015 Press Release

Today, the House of Representatives passed The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015. The legislation expands the definition of STEM education to include computer science. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 

The COMPETES Act also reauthorizes research programs at the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.