Increased Educational Funding

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are landmark laws for our nation's school children.  They need to be adequately funded.  As we consider reauthorization and changes in ESEA, currently known as No Child Left Behind, we must do everything possible to ensure that every child receives a quality public education by eliminating funding disparities, increasing academic performance, improving accountability and student support systems, and promoting school policies that ensure a positive school climate that is conducive to learning.  Schools should be safe places to learn, which is why I strongly support anti-bullying and anti-discrimination measures.

I also support increased funding for early intervention programs for infants and toddlers.  These programs and other early education programs help children achieve their social, emotional, and physical developmental goals and are essential to ensure that all students build an early foundation for success.  I will continue to advocate for adequate funding for Head Start and Early Head Start as well as funding to provide children with special needs with the essential resources needed for success.


More on Increased Educational Funding

September 2, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, spoke with students at Niles North High School in Civics and Advanced Placement (AP) Government classes. She heard about their experiences during this pandemic and answered their questions on government and politics, and the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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:

January 18, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statementin advance of tonight’s vote on the Republican Continuing Resolution:

“I will be voting against the Republican resolution to barely keep our government funded for another month. I refuse to enable Republicans, who have full control of our federal government, to keep funding our government one month at a time and without addressing the most pressing crises facing our country.

October 26, 2017 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip and a member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement on the passage of the GOP’s FY2018 Budget Resolution: