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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

August 9, 2017 In The News

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici visited McKay Elementary School in Beaverton today to learn about Camp Achieve, a summer school program that uses STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design and mathematics) tools to keep K-5 students engaged and learning during their school vacation.

August 7, 2017 In The News

Congress is on break right now and U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, District 1, stopped by the KATU studios Monday and was interviewed by KATU’s Lincoln Graves.

Topics of discussion included: North Korea’s announcement it’ll take revenge against the United States for new sanctions issued over its nuclear program, her concern the Trump administration won’t make an upcoming payment on the federal subsidies for Obamacare, college students struggling to pay their loans, and other top priorities.

August 7, 2017 Page

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition for  students, high school or below, to engage their creativity and participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education fields. This competition is a nationwide event that allows students from across the country to engage in the fields of coding and computer science by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

August 4, 2017 In The News

A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday to address student loan defaults by steering delinquent and defaulted borrowers toward income-driven repayment programs and reducing other paperwork barriers to student loan relief.

August 3, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Senator Ron Wyden, and a bipartisan group of colleagues announced the SIMPLE Act, legislation to reduce administrative burdens on struggling student loan borrowers.
August 3, 2017 Press Release
Representatives Suzanne Bonamici, Ryan Costello, Seth Moulton, and Patrick Meehan have introduced the SIMPLE Act, legislation to reduce administrative burdens on struggling student loan borrowers.
July 26, 2017 In The News

The temperature was creeping into the mid-80s as volunteers served fettucine alfredo, fruit salad, cucumbers, bread sticks and corn at Atfalati Park this Monday, but trees provided plenty of shade for dozens of families to sit and enjoy their meals.

July 23, 2017 In The News
The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing at which both Republican and Democratic lawmakers “expressed concern about the consistency of feedback from the U.S. Department of Education to states about ESSA plans.”
July 17, 2017 In The News

Clatsop Community College has secured $8.1 million in state bonds to renovate and expand its maritime-science program.

State Senate Bill 5505 provided $1.3 billion in general obligation and revenue bonds for capital construction projects around the state. The college’s bonds will help add a second story and new infrastructure to the main building at the Marine and Environmental Research and Training Station, which houses the maritime-science program.