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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

December 15, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) convened a roundtable discussion about legislation in Congress that will affect college affordability and access to higher education. Oregon higher education leaders shared their concerns about the negative consequences for Oregon students, colleges and universities, and student loan borrowers from the Republican tax bill and a new partisan bill to rewrite the Higher Education Act.

December 13, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, a leader on the Education and the Workforce Committee, stood up against efforts in that committee to roll back federal higher education policies that support low-income students. She also strongly opposed efforts to reduce accountability of unscrupulous for-profit institutions and to remove consumer protections for defrauded students who attended them.
December 13, 2017 In The News

The Chairwoman, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC 5th), of the U.S.

December 12, 2017 In The News

Bonamici speaks out on Republican tax plan

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Beaverton, along with nearly 50 other Democratic lawmakers, signed a joint letter urging that the Republican tax plan change to support public schools and investments in higher education.

December 8, 2017 Press Release
Today Education and the Workforce Vice Ranking Member Suzanne Bonamici, Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott, and 45 Democrats stood up for public education and urged tax bill conferees to mitigate the harmful aspects of the current tax proposal and instead advance a tax plan that supports public schools and investments in higher education.
December 1, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, a member of the House Education and Science Committees, announced that Divya Amirtharaj, a student at Beaverton’s Westview High School, has won the Congressional App Challenge for Oregon’s First Congressional District.
November 26, 2017 In The News

Lawmakers are heading back to Capitol Hill after the Thanksgiving break with a lot to accomplish before the end of the year.

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici sat down with KATU’s Deb Knapp before the holiday weekend for a conversation on what she hopes to accomplish after Congress resumes.

November 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici stood up for working families in Oregon and across the country by voting against the partisan House Republican tax plan.
November 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to an investigative report by Oregon Public Broadcasting into the Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05), along with Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Peter DeFazio (OR-04), and Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), called on the Department of Interior to look into claims alleged in the report.