My grandfather never graduated from middle school, but he believed in the power of education and insisted on it for my mother. While most children spent their free hours on a playground, starting at age 12, my father spent his free time working so he could afford to attend college—and eventually medical school.
This is the American dream, and it is being played out in cities and towns across the country every day. We must protect this dream by investing in our children’s future and preparing them to compete in the global market. However, the federal role, while important, should be limited. Decisions on how to educate our children are best left to state and local officials—and most importantly—parents.
Another critical issue facing our nation’s education system is the rising cost of higher education. As Congress debates the best way to reduce the cost of higher education, we will continue to help students by increasing transparency to guarantee parents and students have the best possible information when making decisions about higher education.
The House of Representatives passed bills to expand and modernize the popular 529 savings accounts to make it easier for families to use tax credits to make college more affordable.
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Greenville, SC – Rep. Gowdy (SC-04) announced the winners of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for the Fourth District of South Carolina:
1st Place: “The Catch All Chair” by Sophie Brown from the Fine Arts Center
2nd Place: “Consider” by Catherine Hackl from the Fine Arts Center
3rd Place: “Break Through” by Abigaile Piper from Greer High School
Spartanburg, SC — Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) invites high school students in South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District to participate in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. The winner’s artwork, selected by a panel of experts, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
Greenville, SC – Rep. Gowdy (SC-04) announced the winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for the Fourth District of South Carolina:
Spartanburg, SC — Rep. Trey Gowdy invites high school students in South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District to participate in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. The winner’s artwork, selected by a panel of experts, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
She changed the world
Iris Ezell went to be with the Lord recently. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and friend to countless people.
She was also an elementary school teacher in Spartanburg, where I first met her more than 40 years ago in a portable classroom at Jesse Boyd Elementary School. She was a great teacher, and I was a terrible student, underwhelming in both performance and behavior.
Greenville, SC – Rep. Gowdy (SC-04) announced the winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for the Fourth District of South Carolina:
Today two amendments proposed by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) were included in House-passed education affordability legislation, H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act of 2013.
Today, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced bipartisan college affordability legislation that will reduce college costs for students and their families. The Flexibility to Innovate for College Affordability Act is a two-pronged strategy that encourages the development of flexible pathways for students to more quickly, and therefore more economically, earn a college degree while eliminating unnecessary federal regulations that contribute to tuition hikes.
Today, Representative Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement in response to last night’s State of the Union Address by President Obama.