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Strengthening Education At Every Level

Education is the key to building a middle-class life and a strong American economy. While we must invest in K-12 education and provide our children with the best possible start, it’s also essential that we expand access to affordable, quality education for those going on to four-year colleges and those pursuing career, technical, and vocational education programs or apprenticeships.

Public schools guarantee that every American child receives a world-class education and can reach their full potential. As a product of the Illinois public school system, I am committed to working across the aisle to invest in training stellar teachers, building high-quality programs for all students with special needs, and bringing technology to every American classroom. That’s why I’m working with my colleagues in Washington to preserve the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bill that was enacted to give state and local governments flexibility to improve public schools.

The costs of college have skyrocketed, and it is essential that our community colleges, post-secondary schools, and graduate programs are accessible and affordable for every qualified student. That’s why I cosponsored legislation that will significantly decrease student loan debt for both college and graduate students. This will allow more working families to realize the dream of a college education for their children, and help more young graduates enter the working world without debt holding them back.

But in addition to K-12 education and four-year college programs, it’s essential that we strengthen career and technical education programs that help students develop the in-demand skills they need to enter the workforce. There are over 6 million unfilled jobs across the United States. In Illinois specifically, we have seen a rapid expansion in industries such as healthcare, cybersecurity, and high-tech manufacturing. As a country, we must do a better job of preparing our students with the skills and training to work these family-sustaining jobs in our evolving economy. In addition, we need to work with local businesses to help them recruit, train, and retain qualified employees. To accomplish this feat, we need to strengthen our career and technical education programs in our communities.

That’s why I introduced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, also known as the Thompson-Krishnamoorthi Act, which gives states more funding and flexibility to create worker training programs that prepare students for in-demand jobs in our community. In June, this bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives with unanimous bipartisan support. By bringing educators and employers together to develop curricula that focuses on the jobs that need to be filled, this bill will strengthen our economy and help millions of Americans build a middle-class life.

More on Strengthening Education At Every Level

February 26, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) was honored today as an American Graduate Champion by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in recognition of his commitment to providing communities with high-quality educational content and expanding educational pathways for students of all ages. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting presented the Congressman with the award as part of America’s Public Television Stations Public Media Summit.

November 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-8), together with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) recently introduced the Protecting Students from Worthless Degrees Act of 2019 in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. This legislation would close a loophole that allows for-profit colleges to take federal financial aid dollars for students to attend or enroll in unaccredited degree programs that often leave students deep in debt and unable to work in their chosen field.

November 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) reintroduced The Investing in American Workers Act, legislation that would establish a 20% tax credit for small and mid-sized businesses that invest in workforce training for their employees. Qualifying investments include apprenticeship programs in new and emerging industries, programs conducted by career and technical education schools, community colleges, labor organizations, and industry partnerships.

October 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Representatives Paul Mitchell, Raja Krishnamoorthi, and Josh Harder announced today that more than 100 Members of Congress have now cosponsored the bipartisan College Transparency Act (H.R. 1766). Today’s announcement demonstrates the overwhelming support for this legislation as member in both chambers continue their work to reform and reauthorize the Higher Education Act.

May 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi along with Senators Cory Booker and Dick Durbin reintroduced the Help Students Vote Act, a bill to strengthen student voter registration and civic participation on college campuses. Key student voting reforms of the Help Students Vote Act passed the House of Representatives earlier this year as part of H.R. 1, the For The People Act.

April 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, co-chairs of the Middle Class Jobs Caucus, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI), announced their caucus’ priorities for the 116th Congress. Steil is the new Republican co-chair while Krishnamoorthi has served as the Democratic co-chair since 2017 when he co-founded the caucus.

March 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Josh Harder (D-CA) introduced the bipartisan College Transparency Act to enable students and families to make more informed choices about education after high school.

March 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey today announced that the main student voting reforms of the Help Students Vote Act passed the House of Representatives as part of H.R. 1, the For The People Act.

February 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi yesterday announced crucial provisions from the Help Students Vote Act were added to the For the People Act (H.R. 1), a comprehensive reform bill to expand voting rights, reduce the influence of money in politics, and modernize our elections. This legislation passed the House Administration Committee yesterday and will soon be considered by the full House of Representatives.

February 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois’ 8th district announced today that he was appointed to serve as an Assistant Whip for the 116th Congress.

“I am honored to be selected for the Assistant Whip position,” said Congressman Krishnamoorthi. “This position is integral in rallying my colleagues together to pass important legislation. I look forward to bringing our diverse caucus together so that we can continue to pass legislation that will deliver meaningful results for working families across America.”