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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.

 

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September 2, 2021 Press Release
Community Action Agencies have been working tirelessly to reduce poverty in our communities for decades.
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August 24, 2021 Statements
We have an historic opportunity to make long overdue investments in our families and workers and provide life-changing opportunities that will create a better future for all.
July 29, 2021 Press Release
I look forward to delivering federal resources to these community-driven projects to help the people of Northwest Oregon, support our economic recovery, and promote equity.
July 29, 2021 Press Release
Students with disabilities face too many barriers to earning a degree or credential after high school.
July 29, 2021 Press Release
Students with disabilities face too many barriers to earning a degree or credential after high school.
July 22, 2021 Press Release
As we build back better, it is critical that we provide workers with access to quality, paid, on-the-job training and the support services they need to secure good-paying, high-quality jobs.
July 21, 2021 In The News

The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday, July 14, the approval of Oregon’s American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) plan and distributed remaining ARP ESSER funds to them. Oregon’s plan details how the state is using and plans to use ARP ESSER funds to safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and equitably expand opportunity for students who need it most, particularly those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our schools are important to families, communities, and the economy,” said Rep. Suzanne Bonamici.

July 16, 2021 Press Release
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