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Congressman Brad Schneider

Representing the 10th District of Illinois

Education

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. 

Working to Keep Student Loan Rates Low

Congressman Schneider fought to keep student loan rates low as they threatened to double for students across the country. Congressman Schneider urged both sides to come together to keep rates affordable and allow more Americans to pursue higher education. He supported the bipartisan compromise to undo the rate hike and provide students and families with the ability to plan for the future. You can read Congressman Schneider’s statement on the agreement here.

Expanding Access to Early Education

When Congressman Schneider visited a Head Start facility in Waukegan, he saw firsthand the positive effects of early-education programs. Because of his commitment to improving early education, Congressman Schneider cosponsored the Strong Start for America’s Future Act, which would offer preschool for all 4-year-olds who are from families at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty limit. It also strengthens existing educational opportunities across the birth-to-age-5 continuum.

Increasing Community Engagement and Educational Achievement in Struggling Schools

When families and communities are involved in education, a student’s learning experience tends to improve. This is the principle behind the Developing Innovative Partnerships and Learning Opportunities that Motivate Achievement (DIPLOMA) Act. The bill, which Congressman Schneider cosponsored, promotes community and family engagement to improve educational achievement in disadvantaged or underserved areas. You can read more about Congressman Schneider’s support for the DIPLOMA Act here.

Partnering with Community Colleges for Career Training

With high-quality community colleges like College of Lake County and Oakton Community College in the Tenth District, Congressman Schneider strongly supports partnering industry and government with higher education institutions to enhance career training. Congressman Schneider cosponsored the Community College to Career Fund Act to create grants for community colleges to partner with state and local government, workforce investment boards and industry. You can read more about Congressman Schneider’s support for the Community College to Career Fund Act here.

Recognizing Excellence and Innovation in STEM Education

Congressman Schneider joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to tour Wheeling High School’s nanotechnology lab and highlight its excellent STEM education and industry partnerships. You can read more about Congressman Schneider’s tour of the nanotechnology lab here.

Congressman Schneider also sat down with students, faculty and industry representatives at the Wheeling High School Manufacturing and Engineering Program to discuss STEM education. You can read more about this conversation in Congressman Schneider’s blog post “Building a Highly Skilled Workforce.”

Promoting Bipartisan Education Policy

Congressman Schneider joined his colleagues to send a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Education and Workforce Committee asking them to pursue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in a bipartisan manner. You can read the letter here.

Helping Teachers Who Help Their Students

Congressman Schneider cosponsored the Teacher Tax Deduction Enhancement Act to expand a tax credit for teachers who use money out of their own pockets to buy classroom supplies for their students. You can read more about the bill here

More on Education

Apr 10, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Foster (IL-11), Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) and Brad Schneider (IL-10) voted against the Republican budget proposal introduced by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-01). They released the following statements:

Apr 1, 2014
Press Release

U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10), a member of the House Small Business Committee, released the following statement on the budget proposal introduced today by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-01).

“Budgets are about priorities, and this budget simply flies in the face of our core values—it hurts our middle class, our students and our seniors.

“Instead of moving our country forward and focusing on ways to grow the economy, this budget guts education funding, ends the Medicare guarantee and puts the burden on those who can afford it the least.

Mar 25, 2014
Press Release

U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) laid out some of his key budget priorities, including sensible investments in infrastructure and workforce training, during his testimony today before the House Committee on the Budget. 

Laying out what he believes are the keys to boosting manufacturing and growing the economy, Rep. Schneider urged investments in modern infrastructure, public-private partnerships aimed at closing the skills gap and increasing exports from domestic manufacturers.

Mar 19, 2014
In The News

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider will speak at Oakton Community College’s Manufacturing Expo on Thursday.

The event puts students into contact with local manufacturers so they can learn about career opportunities in those industries. The expo will provide students, educators and businesses a place to develop partnerships.

Mar 18, 2014
Press Release

U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) will speak at Oakton Community College’s Manufacturing Expo on Thursday, March 20 at 11AM (CDT).

The Manufacturing Expo brings students to local manufacturers to learn firsthand about career opportunities in the industry. The Expo also provides students, educators and business a forum to develop partnerships, a key focus of legislation Rep. Schneider introduced as one of his first acts in Congress, the AMERICA Works Act (HR 497).

Feb 28, 2014
In The News

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).

Feb 8, 2014
Press Release

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.”

Jan 20, 2014
In The News

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.

Jan 16, 2014
Press Release

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.

Jan 15, 2014
Press Release

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.