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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.

 

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October 11, 2017 In The News

Students across the Portland area got a taste Friday of what it's like to work in the manufacturing sector.

On the Westside, National Manufacturing Day has special importance. Washington County's economy is driven in large part by the high-tech industry, which ranges from multinational giants like Intel to smaller local companies like Vernier Software and Technology.

National Manufacturing Day is designed to expand knowledge about high-skilled, high-paying jobs in manufacturing and the industry's economic impact on Oregon.

October 11, 2017 In The News

Protesters plan to descend on McMinnville High School on Wednesday during a visit by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The group Action Together Oregon: Yamhill Valley says it thinks her advocacy for charter schools and vouchers undermines a strong public education system.

October 11, 2017 In The News

By Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

This fall, thousands of students across Oregon are pursuing the dream of higher education. Between starting classes and settling in, students and their families are also making difficult financial decisions about how to pay for their education.  

October 11, 2017 In The News

McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was greeted by dozens of protesters as she visited McMinnville High School Wednesday afternoon.

The McMinnville School District announced on its website that DeVos “requested a visit of McMinnville Schools to learn about the excellent instructional practices making a difference for students.”

October 11, 2017 In The News

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is headed to Oregon and Washington state this week, but it looks like she won't get a universally warm welcome. In fact, there's a big protest brewing for Friday night, when DeVos will be the keynote speaker at a gala hosted by the Washington Policy Center, a free-market think tank. More below.

October 10, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) released the following statement about the upcoming visit by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to McMinnville High School in McMinnville, Oregon.
October 6, 2017 In The News

Vose Elementary School showed off its brand new building Friday.

Thanks to a bond, the Beaverton School District was able to redo the school. The green and grey building houses hundreds of students. In an assembly on Friday, the principal, Veronica Galvan, and staff showed off the new school to parents and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici.

The school took about a year to build.

"Went right down to the wire the kids and the families weren't allowed in the building until the first day of school,” Galvan said.

October 6, 2017 In The News

BEAVERTON, OR — School district officials will join Mayor Denny Doyle and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici Friday to dedicate the newly rebuilt Vose Elementary School in east Beaverton. Vose Elementary is one of four schools to be demolished and rebuilt thanks to a $680 million bond approved by voters in May 2014. Three all-new schools will also be constructed as part of the bond.

The dedication ceremony will take place at Vose Elementary, 11350 S.W. Denney Rd., beginning at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 6.

October 6, 2017 In The News

Six members of Congress said Tuesday they want an update from NCAA president Mark Emmert on the progress of a 2016 "pledge" to diversify the college coaching and administrative hiring pools.

Last year the NCAA asked college presidents to sign a pledge to address college athletics' diversity challenges.

October 6, 2017 In The News

 

Vose Elementary School showed off its brand new building Friday.

Thanks to a bond, the Beaverton School District was able to redo the school. The green and grey building houses hundreds of students. In an assembly on Friday, the principal, Veronica Galvan, and staff showed off the new school to parents and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici.The school took about a year to build.

"Went right down to the wire the kids and the families weren't allowed in the building until the first day of school,” Galvan said.