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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While Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) votes on legislation aimed to help create jobs in Washington, his efforts at home in the 10th District this month also targeted the same goal.
Schneider introduced legislation to direct funds from the Small Business Administration to start-up companies on Feb. 18. He also facilitated an internship program between Wheeling High School and a Northbrook manufacturer Feb. 20, after holding a job fair in Palatine with Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates).
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) cosponsored the Teacher Tax Deduction Enhancement Act (HR 3490) to expand an existing tax credit for teachers who buy school supplies out of their own pocket.
“When some of our schools struggle to make ends meet, teachers often bridge the gap with their own personal money,” Schneider said. “These committed teachers, dedicated to their students’ success, deserve a small token of appreciation and some relief from the costs of supplies, and this tax credit provides both.”
A senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago told Lake County Chamber of Commerce members that they can expect some steady economic growth in the coming years, but nothing spectacular, and a slow decline in unemployment.
“This will be one of the better years,” William Strauss said Friday at the 7th annual Economic Forecast at the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake. “Unemployment is edging slower, inflation is well contained and manufacturing is better than trend,” he added, referring to expected growth.
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) cosponsored the Community College to Career Fund Act (HR 2560) to authorize competitive grants to enhance community colleges’ abilities to train skilled workers.
The Community College to Career Fund authorizes four types of grants, focusing on enhancing workforce development; rewarding successful training programs; encouraging businesses to bring jobs to developing areas; and teaching entrepreneurial and startup strategies.
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) cosponsored the Strong Start for America’s Children Act (HR 3461) to develop, improve and expand early education programs.
The bill authorizes grants for states to fund preschool for all four-year-old children from families at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty limit. It also encourages coordination and collaboration with existing early childhood programs. States receiving grants must detail plans to expand services for children from families making more than 200 percent of the poverty limit.
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) cosponsored the DIPLOMA Act (HR 2237) to authorize competitive grants to strengthen educational achievement through increased community and family engagement in disadvantaged or low-achieving areas and schools.
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) helped introduce the Veterans Entrepreneurs Act (H.R. 3725) to reduce fees for veterans looking to open franchises.
The Veterans Entrepreneurs Act creates a tax credit for veterans worth 25 percent of the total franchise fee.
After the mortgage market collapsed in 2008 and the construction industry shriveled, carpenter Doug Rodriquez of Zion struggled to earn a living.
Today he’s working in steel and cast iron, not wood, and earning a solid wage and benefits. He is also earning a more secure future through On-the-Job, a federal program administered locally through the federal Workforce Development Act that helps defray the cost of training.
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) hopes a proposed law he introduced in Congress Nov. 21 will help narrow the income gap between the nation’s top earners and those toiling in low paying jobs.
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.