Education Reform Caucus Champions School Choice

Published December 1, 2000

Which countries scored higher than the U.S. on 12th grade math on the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) in 1995?
a. Iceland
b. France
c. Slovenia
d. All of the above

True or False. Black students in the District of Columbia, New York City and Dayton, Ohio scored 6 to 9 points higher on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills than their public school peers after they transferred to private schools with the help of vouchers.

Where is Al Gore proposing to spend an additional $115 billion on new and improved programs to “revolutionize” education?
a. Washington bureaucracy
b. Teacher unions’ coffers
c. In classrooms and by parents

(Answers: 1-d, 2-True, 3-a)

These questions are among those circulated on the Hill as “Republican Education Quizzes” by the staff of the Education Reform Caucus. Founded in June of this year, the caucus is chaired by Representatives Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) and Bob Schaffer (R-CO). Hoekstra is Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Education Committee, on which Schaffer serves.

The Caucus seeks to fundamentally reform the federal involvement in education by empowering parents with choice and decisionmaking, expanding local control, eliminating federal barriers, getting dollars to classrooms and encouraging basic academics, according to Director Doug Mesecar. One of Capitol Hill’s most energetic school reform “cause warriors,” Mesecar formerly served on Representative Schaffer’s personal staff.

To get in touch with Mesecar or the Education Reform Caucus, please contact:
Mail: 212 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.4676
Email: [email protected]