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Retiring U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman Left Fingerprints on Education Policy

By Michele McNeil — January 31, 2014 1 min read
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Add U.S. Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., to the growing list of members of Congress who are retiring this year—after 40 years in office.

While he hasn’t had as much of an impact on education policy as Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, or Rep. George Miller, D-California, both of whom are also retiring, Waxman has certainly left his mark on the periphery of K-12.

According to this Washington Post rundown of major legislation he helped pass, these touched on issues facing schools and educators:

The Education Week archives also show that Waxman was involved in the early 1990s in combating high lead levels in drinking water and in opposing abstinence-only sex education.

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