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 Kelly Announces Grants for Arts Programs
Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that Governors State University and the South Chicago Art Center each received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
“One grant will expand arts programs for schoolchildren on Chicago’s South Side. The other will bring some of the world’s greatest dancers and choreographers to the south suburbs,” Kelly said. “I support the arts because they bring beauty into our lives and strengthen our ties as people.”
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., personally delivered nearly 150 books to Marian Catholic High School as part of the Library of Congress Surplus Book Program.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly personally delivered nearly 150 books to Marian Catholic High School as part of the Library of Congress Surplus Book Program.
“Books open young minds to new worlds and possibilities,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “A book we donated may be the reason a student chooses a certain career or decides to pursue a new interest. It’s also gratifying to interact with the students because they’re always curious about careers in public service—which I try to encourage.”
I’m in support of a Middle Class Jumpstart. This country needs a plan to help produce jobs in America, make college affordable, and pass legislation to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.
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Congressional Student App Challenge
History is full of African Americans who have made vital contributions to the development of the United States. During this year's Black History Month, students will have the opportunity to honor these heroes by submitting a 90 second max video which answers one of these questions:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) voted today to keep college within reach for Illinois students by voting against the so-called Smarter Solutions for Students Act that would force students into loans with skyrocketing interest rates. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the bill would charge students and their families $3.7 billion in additional interest payments over the next decade.