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Education

Public schools play an important role in Oregon and across the country, and strengthening public education and improving access to higher education will grow our economy and benefit our communities. It was an honor to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Every Student Succeeds Act will reduce high-stakes testing—which narrowed curriculum and stifled teaching and learning—and facilitate more decision-making at the local and state level. The law includes my commonsense provision to streamline testing in schools so educators can focus more of their time on teaching and helping students learn and thrive. As a member of the select panel of House and Senate members tasked with crafting the final version of the bill, I successfully added language to encourage STEAM, interdisciplinary educational programs that integrate arts and music into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses.
 
I worked my way through community college, college, and law school, so I know how important it is to make higher education available and affordable. I've consistently opposed efforts to cut financial aid for low-income students, and I support robust funding for Pell Grants and legislation to prevent the doubling of Stafford loan interest rates. The growing amount of loan debt and default faced by graduates is a serious problem, and I am working with my colleagues to improve loan counseling, curb rising costs, and make repayment manageable for millions of current loan borrowers.
 
The future of our economy will rely on an educated and innovative workforce to create and fill the jobs of the 21st century. As the founder and co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, I'm working to ensure that today's K-12 and higher education programs meet our country's future needs, especially in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and math) fields that produce skilled workers and creative thinkers.

 

More on Education

October 17, 2019 Press Release
It’s extremely difficult for students to focus on their education when they are hungry or worrying about where to find their next meal.
October 15, 2019 Press Release
“I hear from many people who tell me that higher education is out of reach, or who are struggling with burdensome student loan debt. These conversations have guided my efforts to improve access to higher education, and I’m proud of the work we have done crafting the College Affordability Act.”
September 24, 2019 Press Release
Constituent input informs the work I do, including taking action on the climate crisis, addressing student loan debt, and making sure everyone can access affordable health care. I look forward to discussing these and many other issues at my fall town hall meetings, in Cornelius, Sheridan, Scappoose, Portland, Gearhart, and Beaverton.
September 19, 2019 Press Release
What I heard [at the roundtable in Portland] was stress, uncertainty, and a feeling that these borrowers have upheld their share of the bargain.
September 13, 2019 Press Release
“People across Oregon and our country took jobs in public service and planned their lives around the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, only to discover it was an empty promise. They and many other borrowers have upheld their end of the bargain, and I will do all I can to make sure the Department of Education does the same."
September 8, 2019 In The News

Oregon Democratic Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici talks gun laws, student loan debt, climate change, making childcare affordable, and more about her top priorities in Congress after the Augest recess.

September 3, 2019 In The News

For seven years now, the organization has served as an incubator of new models for learning, with the goal of discovering the teaching methods best suited to foster innovation and problem solving in students. Here, artistic expression and collaborative thinking go hand in hand. According to the Construct Foundation’s president and founder, Gina Condon, the arts are a vital component to teach “design thinking,” a problem-solving mindset that prepares students to approach problems creatively. 

September 2, 2019 In The News

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici is inviting students from area middle or high schools to participate in the Congressional App Challenge.

The competition gives students a chance to show off their computer science and coding skills, developing an app for mobile, tablet or computer devices.

It encourages students who are part of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) programs to participate and create their own app.

August 28, 2019 Press Release

PORTLAND, OR [08/28/2019] – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) convened a diverse group of advocates, families, and child care providers to hear more about the many challenges facing Oregon families who are seeking affordable, quality child care. Family Forward Oregon hosted the discussion.

 

August 20, 2019 Press Release
"Participating in the Congressional App Challenge is a great way for students to learn new skills and showcase their potential."