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

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.

May 14, 2015 Press Release
College endowments and religious organizations are not commodity pool operators and this is a commonsense clarification. With this legislation, the colleges and universities in the Fourth District will be better able to serve their students, alumni, and communities, and religious organizations can focus their efforts on helping the less fortunate, not excessive government paperwork.
May 5, 2015 Press Release

On Monday at the Midland Center for the Arts, Blake Groulx, a senior at Midland High School, won the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for Michigan's Congressional Fourth District sponsored by Representative John Moolenaar (R-Midland).

Groulx's piece, "Portrait of Evie," is a charcoal illustration. The piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Blake will be invited to attend a reception with his fellow winners from around the country on June 24th in Washington D.C.

April 30, 2015 Press Release
This is the first ten-year balanced budget passed since 2001. It balances without raising taxes on hardworking Michigan families and it keeps the promises that have been made to seniors in the Fourth District. This budget also calls for tax reform. The tax code is 74,000 pages long and has not been overhauled in 29 years. It’s time for a simpler and fairer system.
April 15, 2015 Press Release
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the tragic day an assassin’s bullet took President Abraham Lincoln’s life. President Lincoln gave his life – his last full measure of devotion – for our country and he will forever be remembered for his heroic work to preserve our United States of America.