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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

May 21, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health And Human Services, and Education, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, urged Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reverse her unauthorized decision squandering crucial emergency funds by unnecessarily providing at least $500,000 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to institutions regardless of need.
May 15, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) spoke on the House Floor in support of The Heroes Act: a new coronavirus response package aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19—through testing, contact tracing, and treatments—supporting our frontline workers and all workers, ensuring children and families have economic security throughout the public health crisis, and providing critical funding to our state, local, territorial, and tribal governments.
May 6, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, released the following statement after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued a final rule on how schools must handle and respond to campus sexual assault and harassment allegations.
May 1, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, urged Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reverse her harmful and unauthorized guidance that will restrict more than 7.5 million students from accessing sorely needed emergency financial aid provided under the under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). In a letter, the lawmakers stressed that the barriers created by the U.S. Department of Education do not exist in the law and will prevent aid from reaching students that Congress intended to support.
April 21, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), today released the following statement after House and Senate leadership released the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which would provide $310 billion for small business loans and grants, $25 billion to expand COVID-19 testing, and $75 billion for hospitals and health care providers.
April 21, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos yesterday urging her to disburse the remaining funding appropriated for the Education Stabilization Fund in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). To date, more than $20 billion in funding Congress provided has not been released.
April 14, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Education (ED), today released the following statement after ED announced the availability of $3 billion in emergency education relief funding for states through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
April 9, 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 statement after the Department of Education announced it would distribute $6 billion to colleges and universities from the more than $30 billion Congress appropriated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
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.