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.


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Rep. Schakowsky with Congressional Artistic Discovery Contest Winners & Participants

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May 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, honored participants in the Illinois 9th Congressional District’s 2019 “An Artistic Discovery” Congressional Art Competition, and named the students who were chosen to receive the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes. This annual competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute, invites young artists from around the nation to compose and submit visual art to their member of Congress.

May 10, 2018 Press Release

Today, after co-sponsoring H. Res. 876, a bill supporting the goal of increasing public school teacher pay and public education funding, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in support of Teacher Appreciation Week:

April 25, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement supporting educators protesting the Puerto Rico Department of Education’s decision to close hundreds of public schools on the island: