Education

The future of our nation rests on the education of the next generation, and Congress has an obligation to ensure state and local communities are well-equipped to meet the needs of their students.  One-size fits all federal rules and mandates hinder our communities’ ability to meet their specific needs, and I am committed to restoring state and local control of education policy.  Reducing federal intrusion into state and local decision-making will empower the educators and administrators who know the needs of their students best.

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May 13, 2021 Press Release

Rutherford, Lawson, Watson Coleman, Katko Introduce the HELPER Act

February 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– Today, U.S. Representatives John Rutherford (FL-4), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Ted Deutch (FL-22), and Stephanie Murphy (FL-7) reintroduced the Luke and Alex School Safety Act, the House companion to a Senate Bill introduced by Ron Johnson (R-WI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Rick Scott (R-FL). This legislation codifies into law a federal clearinghouse that categorizes, assesses, and shares best practices for school safety measures and identifies the resources necessary to implement them.

November 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives John Rutherford (FL-04), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Ted Deutch (FL-22), and Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) introduced the bipartisan and bicameral Luke and Alex School Safety Act of 2019. This bill, named after Luke Hoyer and Alex Schachter who were killed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, would help local school districts access federal school safety resources by creating a federal clearinghouse of best practices and federal assistance.

October 4, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) is proud to announce that Duval County Public Schools was awarded $500,000 through the Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) grant program under Rutherford’s STOP School Violence Act. This program provides federal funding to local school districts to make security improvements to their school facilities.
 
December 10, 2018 Press Release

Jacksonville, FL – Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) is pleased to announce the nominations of 43 students to be considered for appointments to the United States Air Force Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy, United States Military Academy, and the United States Naval Academy. At a recent ceremony at the University of North Florida, Congressman Rutherford offered a congratulatory message of encouragement and presented each student with a certificate signifying their achievement.

September 26, 2018 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6157, legislation that allocates funding to the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.  The measure, which passed the Senate last week, now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Upon passage of the bill, Congressman John Rutherford released the following statement:

July 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) recently received the 2018 Security Industry Association (SIA) Legislator of the Year award for his work authoring H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act of 2018, which was signed into law in March as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. Upon receiving the award, Congressman Rutherford released the following statement:

May 31, 2018 In The News
The two Florida congressmen who led the charge in the U.S. House to pass the “Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act” are now calling on the U.S. Department of Justice for guidance on how to implement it. U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., brought out the bill at the start of the year with U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., as a co-sponsor. Introduced at the end of January, before the Parkland shooting, the proposal “would create a grant program to train students, teachers, school officials, and local law enforcement how to identify and intervene early when signs of violence arise, create a coordinated reporting system, and implement FBI & Secret Service-based school threat assessment protocols to prevent school shootings before they happen" and “would boost school efforts to develop violence prevention programs and coordinate with law enforcement to improve school.”
March 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives voted 407-10 to pass the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, a bill sponsored by Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), along with Reps.

March 7, 2018 In The News

Florida Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL) says his bipartisan-supported bill to stop school violence would help students, teachers and school administrators more easily identify and report signs of trouble to prevent school shootings. House leadership announced today that a vote will take place on that bill next week.