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Education

Together, we must ensure that our schools are able to raise academic standards, we close the achievement gap, and that all students have a highly qualified teacher. We also need to do more to make higher education affordable for all Americans. A quality college degree has always been the cornerstone of the American dream, opening the door to job opportunity and the chance to move up in society. As the senior Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the U.S. Department of Education, our children’s education is one of Rosa’s top priorities.

Supporting Early Childhood Education

Investing in our children in their early years enhances their development and leads to success in later years. Rosa has fought to increase funding for Head Start, the most effective early childhood development program ever developed. Head Start has provided comprehensive development, literacy, and family services to more than 20 million pre-schoolers from working families. She has also worked to promote an early learning focus in the Race to the Top program and has established the bi-partisan Congressional Baby Caucus to focus public policy on the healthy development of infants and toddlers.

Increasing Federal Funding for Elementary and Secondary Education

Rosa believes that ensuring our public schools are given the resources and the support they need is among government’s central obligations. She has worked hard to prevent teacher layoffs and fully fund Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, and afterschool programs.

Rosa believes that educating the whole child means more than teaching to meet the requirements of a test. She fought to reform the No Child Left Behind Act to provide states with more flexibility in measuring student achievement and last year voted to enact the Every Student Succeeds Act to help our students in greatest need of support. Rosa strongly supports teachers, which includes providing teachers with strong preparation and professional development and valuing the work that they do each day.

Expanding Access to Higher Education and Making It More Affordable

To make college more affordable, Rosa has fought to raise the maximum Pell Grant award. Due to increases in tuition and fees, Pell Grants do not cover as many credit hours as they did previously. The Pell Grant provides funds to more than nine million low-income undergraduate students, with over 75 percent of recipients having family incomes below $30,000. With Rosa’s support, the maximum Pell Grant award is now $5,815, up more than $1,500 since 2008.

Rosa has also worked to curb the rise in student debt by calling on Congress to keep student loan interest rates low and close financial aid loopholes being exploited by for-profit institutions.

Apprenticeships

As more students and families are concerned about the rising cost of higher education, apprenticeships are a valuable resource for students and employers. Not only do students receive on-the-job training while earning a paycheck, they come into the workplace with fully developed skills that are beneficial to employers. Rosa strongly supports expanding and growing apprenticeship programs to enable more students to participate and has fought for additional funding in the Appropriations process.

More on Education

March 27, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) spoke on the House Floor in favor of Congress’s third coronavirus response bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. A video of her speech can be found here, and below are her remarks as delivered:
March 23, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today released the following statemen after House Democrats introduced the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, new legislation to help families, businesses, and communities deal with the public health and economic impacts of the coronavirus.
March 20, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a new coronavirus relief bill.
March 14, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement after voting to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, legislation that will ensure free coronavirus tests, access to paid sick days and longer-term paid leave, and expanded food assistance for children and seniors. If enacted, this would be the first time paid sick days and paid family and medical legislation will be signed into law. DeLauro first introduced paid sick days legislation—the Healthy Families Act—in 2004, as well as paid family and medical leave legislation—the FAMILY Act—in 2013.
March 12, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement after a child in Stratford tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
March 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC(March 12, 2020) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker announced the indefinite closure of all New Haven Public Schools and senior centers.

February 27, 2020 Press Release

A video of the hearing can be found here.

Good morning, Secretary Devos. Welcome to the Subcommittee. It is our second budget hearing of the year. It is your fourth budget hearing with us. Today, we are examining the President’s Department of Education budget request for fiscal year 2021.

January 16, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives in support of H.J.Res.76, legislation that would overturn a Trump administration policy that makes it more difficult for students defrauded by colleges to repay their student loans.
December 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today released the following statement after the House passed her FY2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Appropriations bill by a vote of 297-120.

October 30, 2019 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, released the following statement after the Department of Education released the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results.