Education is the engine of innovation and technological advancement, providing us with the ability to compete in the 21st century global economy.
To ensure America’s long-term prosperity and security, all of our young people, regardless of their zip code, must have the opportunity for a high-quality, affordable education. Only by enhancing our nation’s education opportunities will we maintain the best educated, most innovative and productive workforce in the world.
With renewed emphasis on education, we can ensure that the next generation of invention, and the great breakthroughs in health care, energy and manufacturing are developed in this country. By investing in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs as well as liberal arts curricula, we can provide a skilled American workforce capable of performing 21st Century jobs.
We have a responsibility to ensure that all of our children graduate high school, college and career ready. In an increasingly globalized world, our graduates will be competing for jobs not just with their neighbors, but with people from around the world. We must insist that states set high standards and goals for student performance and success, and then establish a high-quality, meaningful assessment system.
But education reform spans far beyond emphasizing science and math in college. Early education programs can help foster a love of learning from a young age, and the availability of arts and extracurricular activities will encourage more and more kids to stay in school and achieve these skills.
Right now, manufacturers in the Tenth District and across the country are concerned that an aging workforce and lack of qualified new applicants will hamper their future growth, which is why I introduced the AMERICA Work Act. The bipartisan legislation brings together our manufacturers and educators to train workers with the skills employers are looking for, energizing our economy and filling quality jobs that are available today.
We must lay the foundation for the success by investing in early childhood education. Early education programs help foster a love of learning from a young age, and are critical to providing our children with the strong start they need. Research shows that students who are provided with early education are more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate from high school and demonstrate improved academic achievement.
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U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) introduced the Learning Educating Achieving and Retraining for the Nation (LEARN) Act today. The bipartisan bill would expand On-the-Job training programs that have proven to be effective at helping to train and retrain American workers who are looking for work.
High School senior Nick Gross said he had a pretty cool day at school Thursday: he showed the U.S. Secretary of Education a building block of the universe.
Secretary Arne Duncan visited District 214’s Wheeling High School for more than two hours, touring the school’s cutting-edge nanotechnology laboratory with Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, R-10th, and several other local leaders. The group looked through microscopes and into computer screens, then asked the teens what they were looking at.
That was an atom, Gross told Duncan.
fter visiting Wheeling High School's new nano technology laboratory Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said he wants to figure out how to replicate the program at schools across the country.
Duncan was joined by Gov. Pat Quinn and Congressman Brad Schneider in a tour of the nano lab before participating in a panel discussion with students and former principal Lazaro Lopez about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and thinking beyond high school.
A new District 214 technology lab has captured the attention of state and national leaders.
Wheeling High School’s nanotechnology lab, which opened this year, is the first of its kind in a U.S. public high school. It was toured Thursday by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-10th), who met with students and praised the program.
A fat check from Discover Financial Services will place Apple iPads in the hands of Waukegan High School’s consumer education students.
“We’re going to be able to take our consumer curriculum to the next level,” said Barry Gallagher, the school’s academic chairman of business, engineering and applied technology, who accepted a check for $30,300 from the Riverwoods company at Brookside Campus on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (IL-10), Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) and Bill Foster (IL-11) voted in favor of the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act (HR 1911), a bipartisan compromise that reverses the July 1 doubling of student loan ratesfrom 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.
U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider released the following statement today after voting against the so-called Student Success Act (HR 5), legislation that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as “No Child Left Behind.”
The bill would lock in deep funding cuts through fiscal year 2019, would drastically slash support for low-income children and further hurt struggling schools.
Federally subsidized student loan interest rates doubled today, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Congress did not pass a measure that would have stopped the automatic increase, and lawmakers are now on a week-long break for the July 4 holiday.
Today's doubling of some student loan rates polarized suburban members of Congress, but graduates grinding through the working world to try to pay off their college debts need not worry about their monthly payments rising.
The new rates are for one particular set of government-backed loans and only for new borrowing after July 1. Students wouldn't have to pay bills with the bigger rates until after they leave school. So the next bill in the mail won't be any fatter.
Today, Representatives Tammy Duckworth, Bill Foster and Brad Schneider are calling on Congress to take action to stop the student loan interest rate increase. If no action is taken before July 1, student loan interest rates will double, jumping from 3.4% to 6.8% for federally subsidized student loans. This is the last week for Congress to take action before the rate increase takes effect.