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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Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that Prairie State College and Kankakee Community College have been awarded multi-year federal grants to provide support services aimed at increasing the graduation rates of first-generation and low-income students.
Prairie State College will receive $220,000, while Kankakee Community College was awarded $281,510, with both grants to be distributed over a five-year period.
The House of Representatives approved an amendment offered by Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) to strengthen adult reading and financial literacy programs in communities across the country. Kelly’s Amendment to H.R. 5, the Student Success Act assures that Family Engagement in Education Programs covered under the bill conduct adult and financial literacy in order to engage families and enhance academic outcomes for students.
Upon passage of the amendment and legislation, Congresswoman Robin Kelly released the following statement:
Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded grants to the South Holland Public Library and the Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library to host public programs that highlight the rich history of Latino Americans.
The grants are part of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History learning project. Each library will receive $3,000 to present the programs.
Educational institutions interested in science and education grants may find the following links helpful:
2015 Congressional Art Competition Entries
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Please join Congresswoman Robin Kelly to learn about College Illinois and Bright Start, two college savings programs offered by the State of Illinois. Parents of children of all ages are encouraged to attend.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Matteson Public Library
801 School Avenue
Matteson, IL 60443
Congresswoman Robin Kelly welcomed high school and college students to the Second Annual STEM Symposium at South Suburban College on Friday.
The Symposium encouraged young people to consider a variety of careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and provided them with an opportunity to connect with other students and display their talents. Presenters included representatives from the fields of astronomy, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, building construction, agriculture, and more.
U.S. Representative Robin Kelly is sponsoring an annual 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 in Washington D.C. this summer and their artwork will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year.
Students can submit their artwork from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rep. Kelly’s district office, located at 600 Holiday Plaza Drive, Suite 505, Matteson. The deadline for submissions is April 8 at 4 p.m.
Twenty-five junior high school students learned about solar power and other renewable energy sources during a STEM Boot Camp hosted by Congresswoman Robin Kelly at Kankakee Community College on Saturday.
Students also learned about sustainability and participated in an interactive presentation on solar-photovoltaic energy, a process by which solar energy is converted into electricity using solar panels.
Nearly 40 years after her own graduation from Bradley University, Congresswoman Robin Kelly returned to her alma mater on Saturday as keynote speaker at the school’s winter commencement ceremony.