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.
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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.”
Young job seekers from the City of Chicago, the South Suburbs and Kankakee County attended Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s 6th annual Youth Job Expo Saturday at Rich South High School in Richton Park.
To commemorate National School Library Month, Congresswoman Robin Kelly delivered 120 books to Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School’s library through the Library of Congress’ Surplus Book Program and personally congratulated teacher Catherine Ross-Cook on winning a 2019 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
On March 19, Congresswoman Robin Kelly took some time out of her busy schedule to visit AP and Honors Junior students at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills. Congresswoman Kelly kicked things off by introducing herself and telling students about her background, what issues she is passionate about, and her general roles and responsibilities. She then opened the floor to questions, which she answered for approximately 45 minutes.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly personally delivered 150 books last week to Sandridge Elementary School in Lynwood as part of the Library of Congress’ Surplus Book Program.
“These donations not only help our schools and public libraries expand their collections, it’s an opportunity for me to visit with students and answer their questions about government and issues that are of real concern to them,” Kelly said.
Sandridge received books that included biographies, fiction, folklore, poetry and science.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly personally delivered 150 books Friday to Sandridge Elementary School in Lynwood, as part of the Library of Congress’ Surplus Book Program.
“These donations not only help our schools and public libraries expand their collections, it’s an opportunity for me to visit with students and answer their questions about government and issues that are of real concern to them,” Congresswoman Kelly said.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly personally delivered 200 books this week to Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights and Prairie-Hills Junior High School in Markham as part of the Library of Congress’ Surplus Book Program.