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Roe Highlights Innovation in Elizabethton at Committee Showcase

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Washington, July 25, 2018 | Tiffany Haverly (202-225-6356) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after inviting Elizabethton City School Director Dr. Corey Gardenhour and Bartleby Program Director Terry Smith to testify about the impact of the Bartleby Program in front of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. The Committee held an Innovation Forum and Showcase to provide an opportunity to highlight innovative or unique education initiatives occurring across the nation:

“I’m proud that Dr. Gardenhour and Mr. Smith were able to share stories with the Committee about the impacts that the Bartleby Program has had on so many kids. I believe it is a model and I’m hopeful we can share the positive impacts of this program with students across the country. I commend Elizabethton Schools and Dr. Gardenhour for their vision with this program, and commend Mr. Smith for the work he has put in to make it such a success. I thank Chairwoman Foxx for offering such an incredible opportunity to hear from various educators from all over America about the ways they are positively impacting future generations.”

Background: Through the Bartleby Program, Elizabethton High School has been able to provide college accounts for over 20 students who initially helped develop the application for the XQ grant that funded the program.

Additionally, last week Rep. Roe introduced the American Dream Accounts Act, bipartisan legislation to help address certain barriers that low-income students experience when considering a college education. This bill will allow students to develop online accounts with information regarding financial literacy, college readiness and high-impact mentoring. Additionally, this week, the Senate passed the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which included the American Dream Accounts Act. The House is scheduled to consider the legislation later today. 
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