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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More on Education
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.
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.
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, released this statement following House passage of Protecting Girls Access to Education Act (H.R. 2408):
“I’m extremely excited to have our bill approved by the U.S. House. Together, Congressman Steve Chabot and I were able to craft a common sense, bipartisan bill that helps ensure that every girl has an opportunity to go to school and learn, no matter her current circumstance.
Washington, DC – Last week, Congresswoman Robin Kelly offered an amendment to the so-called “Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act” to reprogram $3 million for summer food assistance to families receiving SNAP benefits.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Robin Kelly and Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, introduced H.R. 2408, the Protecting Girls Access to Education Act, which ensures that children, specifically young girls, are able to receive an education when displaced by conflicts overseas.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that Governors State University has been awarded a $202,115 federal grant to develop science curriculum for grades K-12 that will incorporate digital primary sources housed with the Library of Congress.