Congresswoman Kelly Hosts Three Education Forums with Guest Speaker, Congressman Bobby Scott
Matteson, IL – School superintendents, school board presidents and college presidents from the 2nd Congressional District participated in a series of education forums hosted by Congresswoman Robin Kelly with guest speaker, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the House Education and Workforce Committee. The listening session was to hear the ideas and concerns of Chicagoland educators and stakeholders to improve America’s schools.
“Education is the single most powerful tool we have for expanding opportunity and economic mobility to all Americans. Unfortunately, too many students across the country still do not have access to a quality education that allows them to reach their full potential,” said Ranking Member Scott. “I am grateful to Congresswoman Kelly for her efforts to address this injustice and to the members of the community who were so generous with their time and input. Working together, we can ensure that all young people from all walks of life have the opportunity that comes with a good education.”
Topics included the severe shortages of teachers, the critical shortage of mental health professionals and the threat of school and community gun violence. Across the spectrum, educators were clear: ‘the solutions are more teachers, professional staff and social workers; not guns in schools.’
“I greatly appreciate Ranking Member Scott joining me to speak with local educators,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “The vast majority of school officials and I agree, arming teachers is insanity. We need to invest in our students and their success. We need more resources in our schools, not guns.”
NOTES: Congresswoman Kelly is co-sponsor of H.R. 4142, Mental Health in Schools Act, which would provide for comprehensive school mental health programs to assist children dealing with trauma and violence.
As Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman Scott is leading the fight for access to quality early, secondary and higher education for children throughout the United States. In 2015, he was one of the four primary negotiators of the Every Student Succeeds (ESSA) Act, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act for the first time in 13 years and replaced the flawed No Child Left Behind Act. He is also the author of the AIM Higher Act, a bold new strategy to ensure college affordability and address mounting student debt.