The strength of our education system directly impacts our nation’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. Today, the next generation of great innovators, businessmen, and scientists are sitting in classrooms across the country. Prioritizing our students is the safest and smartest investment we can make as a nation. We need federal policies that ensure schools have the resources necessary to help our students succeed, to make higher education accessible, and to ensure that our students are ready for 21st century careers.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education
Expanding STEM education is the key for America to remain a leader in innovation in the global economy. Most jobs today require at least a basic understanding of technology and computer skills. I’m committed to expanding STEM education in our country and getting our students interested in STEM fields. I’ve introduced legislation that would incentivize college graduates with degrees in a STEM field to teach for 5 years. To complement my legislative efforts, I’ve worked with STEM professionals across our district to build a STEM Academy where these experts serve as teachers, mentors and role models – inspiring students in the Second Congressional District to pursue careers in STEM fields.
Education and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
In today’s increasingly globalized age, we need federal education policies that prepare our students to compete with their international counterparts. According to the 2012 Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results, our nation’s academic scores have remained stagnant while other nations’ scores have improved significantly. Our children and our nation deserve better.
A re-write of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as “No Child Left Behind,” is long overdue. We need a bipartisan and transparent approach to re-writing No Child Left Behind. Through a collaborative effort, we can ensure that under-performing schools have the funds they need, that teachers aren’t forced to unnecessarily change their curricula to accommodate high stakes tests, and that every student is college and career-ready.
Today, as more and more jobs require advanced degrees and training, access to higher education is becoming a necessity. Yet, the cost of higher education has grown astronomically in the past few decades, burdening millions of students and their families with significant debt while making college inaccessible to countless more. In fact, student loan debt is the second largest type of debt in America, greater than credit card debt and exceeded only by mortgage debt. I strongly support federal policies that increase college affordability, and promote student loan refinancing, and lowering of student loan interest rates.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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U.S. Representative Robin Kelly is sponsoring a 2020 Congressional Art Competition open to high school students residing or attending a school within the Second Congressional District.
The winner will have the opportunity to attend a ceremony this summer in Washington D.C., where his or her artwork will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year. The artwork of second- and third-place winners will be displayed in Rep. Kelly’s district offices.
Matteson, IL - In recognition of Computer Science Education Week, Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced David Love, a student at Kankakee High School, won the 2019 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for the 2nd District.
David developed an App called “Virtual ATM,” designed to serve as a virtual banking system. A video demonstrating his “Virtual ATM” app can be viewed here.
Two low-boy semi-trailers filled with the latest computer and welding equipment are serving as a campus on the move at Prairie State College.
PSC recognized it is difficult to train employees in new skills on a regular college schedule. The mobile units will bring the training directly to the employer.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly today announced that Kankakee County was awarded a $244,382 federal grant to fund violence prevention programs at Kankakee School District 111 and other county schools. The grant includes mental health crisis intervention and suicide prevention strategies.
The National Science Foundation, which funds research and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), has granted $1.2 million to the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) to allow it to directly connect students with specific field trips linked to STEM careers.
Matteson, IL—Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL02) announced today that the Museum of Science and Industry has been awarded a $1.2 million federal grant that will allow the museum to directly connect students with specific field trip experiences linked to STEM careers.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that Bourbonnais resident Keeley Schwada has been offered an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
“Keeley possesses the patience and tenacity to become an outstanding Naval officer,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “More women in leadership roles across our military and our government can only make American stronger. I have great faith that our younger generation has the know-how and resolve to confront the national security challenges of the 21st Century.”
It was books galore in the H-F library on Friday, April 5. U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly visited H-F to donate 100 books to the school library as a part of the Library of Congress’ Surplus Books Program.
Kelly met with staff, librarians and students of Candi Helsel-Wilks and J.R. Rose’s Aesthetics & Creative Process Across the Arts class to discuss her role in Congress and also for an open discussion.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced the winners of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for high school students during a reception at the Christopher Art Gallery at Prairie State College.
“We had a record 63 students representing 11 schools submit their remarkable artwork to the contest,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “Our judges had a difficult job deciding between all of these amazing works of art. I want to express my gratitude to each artist for taking part in the contest, as well as to their teachers and parents, who encourage and develop their talent.”