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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

May 18, 2018 Statements
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici's statement for the record on HR 2, the Farm Bill
May 16, 2018 Press Release
Representatives Suzanne Bonamici, Rob Bishop, Jared Polis, and Mia Love challenged the Department of Education to reconsider its decision to block states from regulating student loan companies.
May 14, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici stood up for students of color who are disproportionately identified for special education services, placed in more restrictive classroom settings, and disciplined at higher rates than their same-age white peers with disabilities.
May 11, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici fielded numerous questions from a group of eight, then all 100 students, enrolled in the Rachel Carson environmental magnet school within Five Oaks Middle School in Beaverton.

But even though Bonamici sits on the House education and science committees — and is the top Democrat on the environment subcommittee — many of the questions from the larger audience on Friday, May 11, were similar to those raised at her town hall meetings.

May 9, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici made the following statement after Acting Director Mick Mulvaney announced that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will be closing its Office for Students and Young Consumers.
May 4, 2018 In The News

Four Democrats from Oregon’s congressional delegation are promising changes for Chemawa Indian School after meeting with tribal representatives and the federal school’s leadership in Salem.

May 1, 2018 In The News

On Monday, April 30, students from Pacific University's Center for Gender Equity and Campus Wellness organization met with U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici to discuss issues of campus sexual assault and how students and staff at the university are addressing it.

April 27, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici made the following statement on Congressional Democrats’ economic agenda, A Better Deal: Tools to Succeed in the 21st Century.