Education and Training

“Every child deserves a high-quality education at safe and supportive schools. Teachers and administrators deserve to have the resources they need to educate the next generation, and parents deserve the security of knowing their schools are preparing their children for a successful future.”

Every child in Illinois’s 14th District deserves a high-quality education. Congresswoman Underwood serves on the House Committee on Education and Labor and knows that continued investment in our public schools will pay off for our kids. She is proud that her district is home to the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, and has seen firsthand how important it is to expand educational opportunities in STEM fields, and especially encourage women and girls to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Congresswoman Underwood is a proud cosponsor of H.R. 865, the Rebuilding America’s Schools Act of 2019, which would invest more than $100 billion in our nation’s public schools to help address critical physical and digital infrastructure needs. You can learn more about this important legislation here.

We must also provide teachers and administrators with the resources they need to educate the next generation. Congresswoman Underwood has helped introduce legislation, H.R. 3108, the Teachers are Leaders Act, which would expand professional development and leadership growth opportunities to help retain teachers and boost student achievement.

Congresswoman Underwood has heard from countless families in her district about the student loan crisis. On the Education and Labor Committee, she is working to help make college more affordable, expand access to community college, and provide relief for those struggling with student loan debt. She is working hard to hold the Administration, including Secretary DeVos accountable for the education students deserve.

 

More on Education and Training

October 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) demanded Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos support K-12 schools, colleges, and universities in their efforts to address mental health challenges facing students, families, and staff brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Across the country, millions of students have had to adapt to some form of remote learning, along with missed life milestones and increased levels of stress and trauma. Underwood emphasized that DeVos’ failure to act has exacerbated the mental health ch

October 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) demanded Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos support K-12 schools, colleges, and universities in their efforts to address mental health challenges facing students, families, and staff brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Across the country, millions of students have had to adapt to some form of remote learning, along with missed life milestones and increased levels of stress and trauma. Underwood emphasized that DeVos’ failure to act has exacerbated the mental health ch

October 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) demanded Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos support K-12 schools, colleges, and universities in their efforts to address mental health challenges facing students, families, and staff brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Across the country, millions of students have had to adapt to some form of remote learning, along with missed life milestones and increased levels of stress and trauma. Underwood emphasized that DeVos’ failure to act has exacerbated the mental health ch

September 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) hosted a virtual town hall for Illinois students. During the event, Underwood shared an update on recent legislation passed in Congress to address the climate crisis, protect workers, and protect Illinois communities from gun violence. Underwood also discussed her work to help Illinois families, students, and communities through the coronavirus pandemic. Following her updates, the Congresswoman answered questions directly from students.

August 12, 2020 Press Release

WEST CHICAGO— Today, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) held a Back to School Virtual Panel to help Illinois families, students, and teachers prepare for the upcoming school year. During the event, Megan Pecoraro-McCann, a school-based social worker in Batavia, and Erin Brumfield Grima, Director of Behavioral Health at the Pioneer Center for Human Services in McHenry, joined Underwood to share resources to help Illinois families navigate the upcoming school year.

July 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) led the Illinois congressional delegation in urging Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to rescind the Department’s interim final rule that would improperly divert federal resources intended for public schools in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)  toward private schools.

July 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Yesterday, legislation co-sponsored by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) to support the child care sector during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic passed the House of Representatives. The Child Care is Essential Act, H.R. 7027, would provide $50 billion in grant funding to child care providers to stabilize the child care sector so that providers can safely reopen and operate. Additionally, Underwood supported the passage of the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act, HR. 7327.

June 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Last week, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) joined fellow members of the House Rural Broadband Task Force to introduce legislation to improve broadband access and ensure affordable internet to more Americans. The Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act (H.R.

June 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Yesterday, in a Committee on Education and Labor virtual hearing, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) addressed the comparatively worse coronavirus-related health outcomes experienced by communities of color. Black Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 are dying at 5 times the rate of their white coun