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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representing the 8th District of Illinois

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

November 12, 2018 Press Release

CHICAGO, IL –  Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Mayor Rahm Emanuel,  and City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado today at Wright College announced that funding from the passage of Rep. Krishnamoorthi’s legislation, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act, known as The Perkins Act, will support the continued modernization of CTE programs in Chicago. The Perkins Act is the main source of federal funding for high school and postsecondary CTE programs in Illinois.

September 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed legislation to fund the departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education. This includes $1.9 billion for career, technical, and adult education programs authorized by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. This will ensure that all students have the opportunity to continue to develop their skills in their post-secondary education and succeed in in-demand careers.

August 29, 2018 Press Release

ELGIN, IL – On Monday, Congressman Krishnamoorthi convened with more than fifty state and local education leaders, including Illinois School Superintendent Tony Smith and U-46 CEO Tony Sanders, to tour career and technical education (CTE) programs at Elgin High School and South Elgin High School. During the tour, attendees met with students and teachers participating in CTE courses designed to prepare students for high-tech, in-demand jobs in the region.

August 9, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to a Congressional Research Service report confirming that his bipartisan career training law, which was signed into law last week, would significantly increase federal funding for Illinois skills-based learning and on-the-job training.

July 31, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the President signed into law H.R. 2353, the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act which was led by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA). The bill reauthorizes and modernizes the American career, technical, and vocational education system for the first time since 2006.

July 25, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House passed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This legislation, led by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), has now passed both the House and Senate unanimously, and will be sent to the President for signature into law. This legislation reauthorizes and modernizes the American career, technical, and vocational education system for the first time since 2006.

June 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee advanced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act by a unanimous voice vote. This legislation, led by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) passed the full House unanimously in June, 2017 and would reauthorize and modernize the American career and technical education (CTE) system for the first time in 12 years.

May 7, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi hosted a roundtable last week at IBM on the impact of artificial intelligence and the future of the American workforce. Participants from nearly 30 local businesses, higher education institutions, trade associations, and government agencies convened to discuss the opportunities and challenges imposed by the growth of artificial intelligence.

March 9, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL - Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Education’s decision to block states from enforcing consumer protections against student loan collection companies:

February 12, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, lead Democrat on the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act which would reauthorize the Perkins career and technical education (CTE) program, issued the following statement in response to the President Trump’s support of re-authorizing Perkins as part of updating our nation’s infrastructure.