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 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:

September 8, 2017 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced plans to undo the Obama-era Title IX guidance on sexual assault on college campuses:

February 7, 2017 Press Release

Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement after Betsy DeVos was confirmed in a vote by the US Senate that required an unprecedented tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence:

May 5, 2016 Press Release

CHICAGO – Rep. Jan Schakowsky announced the top four winners in the Illinois 9th Congressional District 2016 Artistic Discovery competition. Each year, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nation-wide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each Congressional district. Each young artist who submitted his or her work for the competition was honored at a ceremony at the Skokie Library on  April 25, attended by families, friends and teachers. All of their art was on display for two weeks at the library.