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United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce
- 1 Leadership
- 2 Membership
- 3 Subcommittees
- 4 Jurisdiction
- 5 Contact
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
The committee was created on March 21, 1867. It was originally named the "Committee on Education and Labor," but it split into the Committee on Labor and the Committee on Education in December 1883. The two separate committees were terminated on January 7, 1947, and the Committee on Education and Labor was re-created as of that date. It has since changed its name three times before finally settling on the Committee on Education and the Workforce on January 5, 2011. The inaugural committee was chaired by John Baker.
2011-2012 (112th Congress)
Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
Jurisdiction: education from early learning through the high school level including, but not limited to, elementary and secondary education, special education, homeless education, and migrant education; overseas dependent schools; career and technical education; school safety and alcohol and drug abuse prevention; school lunch and child nutrition programs; educational research and improvement including the Institute of Education Sciences; environmental education; pre-service and in-service teacher professional development including Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Title II of the Higher Education Act; early care and education programs including the Head Start Act and the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act; adolescent development and training programs including, but not limited to, those providing for the care and treatment of certain at-risk youth including the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act; and all matters dealing with child abuse and domestic violence including the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and child adoption. 
- 112th Congress Chair: Duncan D. Hunter (CA-52)
Jurisdiction: wages and hours of workers including, but not limited to, the Davis-Bacon Act, the Walsh-Healey Act, the Service Contract Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act; workers’ compensation including the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and the Black Lung Benefits Act; the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act; the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act; the Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988; trade and immigration issues as they impact employers and workers; and workers’ safety and health including, but not limited to, occupational safety and health, mine safety and health, and migrant and agricultural worker safety and health.
- 112th Congress Chair: Tim Walberg (MI-7)
Higher Education and Workforce Training
Jurisdiction: education and training beyond the high school level including, but not limited to, higher education generally, postsecondary student assistance and employment services, and the Higher Education Act; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; all domestic volunteer programs; all programs related to the arts and humanities, museum and library services, and arts and artifacts indemnity; postsecondary career and technical education, apprenticeship programs, and job training including the Workforce Investment Act, vocational rehabilitation, and training programs from immigration funding; science and technology programs; adult basic education (family literacy); all welfare reform programs including work incentive programs and welfare-to-work requirements; poverty programs including the Community Services Block Grant Act and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); the Native American Programs Act; the Institute of Peace; and all matters dealing with programs and services for the elderly including nutrition programs and the Older Americans Act.
- 112th Congress Chair: Virginia Foxx (VA-5)
Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
Jurisdiction: all matters dealing with relationships between employers and employees including, but not limited to, the National Labor Relations Act, the Labor-Management Relations Act, and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act; the Bureau of Labor Statistics; employment-related health and retirement security including pension, health, and other employee benefits and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA); and all matters related to equal employment opportunity and civil rights in employment.
- 112th Congress Chair: Phil Roe (TN-1)
According to the official House website, the jurisdiction of the Education and the Workforce Committee includes the following:
- Elementary and secondary education initiatives, including the No Child Left Behind Act, school choice for low-income families, special education (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), teacher quality & teacher training, scientifically-based reading instruction, and vocational and technical education
- Higher education programs (the Higher Education Act), to support college access for low and middle-income students and help families pay for college
- Early childhood & preschool education programs including Head Start
- School lunch and child nutrition programs
- Financial oversight of the U.S. Department of Education
- Programs and services for the care and treatment of at-risk youth, child abuse prevention, and child adoption
- Educational research and improvement
- Adult education
- Anti-poverty programs, including the Community Services Block Grant Act and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP
- Pension and retirement security for U.S. workers
- Access to quality health care for working families and other employee benefits
- Job training, adult education, and workforce development initiatives, including those under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), to help local communities train and retrain workers
- Continuing the successful welfare reforms of 1996
- Protecting the democratic rights of individual union members
- Worker health and safety, including occupational safety and health
- Providing greater choices and flexibility (including "comp time" or family time options) to working women and men
- Equal employment opportunity and civil rights in employment
- Wages and hours of labor, including the Fair Labor Standards Act
- Workers' compensation, and family and medical leave
- All matters dealing with relationships between employers and employees.
U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce
2181 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
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