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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Representing the 3rd District of Connecticut


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.


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

August 10, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced plans to rescind the gainful employment rule.
July 26, 2018 Press Release
Bill requires higher ed. institutions to provide complete and accurate information on loans
June 25, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the Republican majority on the House Appropriations Committee delayed markup on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies bill for a second time in two weeks.
June 14, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill, which was released ahead of the subcommittee mark-up.
May 1, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after announcing a new AmeriCorps project that will support low-income residents of Greater New Haven. The project, sponsored by the United Way of Greater New Haven, will engage 12 AmeriCorps VISTA members over the next three years to improve access to housing services, financial literacy opportunities, and healthy, affordable food for the region’s low-income residents.
April 28, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today visited North Haven High School to congratulate local elementary school students who have completed the Rosa’s Readers program. Established by DeLauro in 2000, the program encourages interest in reading outside of the classroom and helps students develop a lifelong love of reading and learning.
March 22, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today spoke from the House Floor in support of the 2018 government funding bill.
February 12, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s 2019 budget.
January 25, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today announced that she will travel to Puerto Rico on January 25 and January 26 to assess the recovery effort underway and continue to fight for comprehensive disaster relief funding.
January 20, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today released the following statement in response to the government shutdown.