As a former elementary school teacher, I believe that we need to ensure that all children have fair, equal access to a high-quality public education. The future of our economy and the success of our country depend on a renewed commitment to public education. Policymakers need to work in partnership with teachers, parents, academics, administrators and students to build an adequately funded system to educate all our children. Lifelong education, beginning with 3-and 4-year olds and continuing through vocational training, community college, bachelor degrees and beyond, should be affordable and available for all Americans. I believe we should respect our nation's teachers and provide them with decent wages, benefits and the right to unionize.
Rep. Schakowsky with Congressional Artistic Discovery Contest Winners & Participants
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CHICAGO – Saturday marked 20 years since President Bill Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into law on September 13, 1994. The landmark legislation creates critical protections for victims of domestic violence and dramatically strengthens the nation’s criminal justice response to violence against women. Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement about the anniversary:
Washington, D.C. – On Friday, April 25th, Northwestern Football players will vote whether they would like to join a union in order to bargain collectively with the University. Rep. Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement about the vote:
“I support Northwestern football players’ right to unionize. These athletes dedicate 40-plus hours a week to their sport, helping to raise millions of dollars for the University each year. They deserve a seat at the table.
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, a National Labor Relations Board regional director ruled that Northwestern University football players are employees of the University and have the right to form a union and bargain collectively. Rep. Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement on this matter:
“I am pleased with the NLRB ruling that correctly recognizes Northwestern football players as University employees. These young men dedicate 40-plus hours a week for much of the school year to the football program and they deserve the right to unionize.
CHICAGO, IL (May 3, 2012) — Today Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) announced the Illinois 9th district's winners of the 2012 "An Artistic Discovery Congressional Art Competition.... Conducted in Congressional districts throughout the country, the competition has had hundreds of thousands of participants since its inception in 1982.
Washington, DC (April 30, 2012) - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) released the following statement to recognize the students at McCracken Middle School in Skokie, Illinois who created the organization Aiding Children Together (ACT) to fight for children's rights across the globe :
"Today, I recognize the extraordinary students at the McCracken Middle School in Skokie, Illinois, who are working to improve the lives and futures of children around the world.