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

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

June 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) joined members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and House and Senate leadership for the introduction of historic legislation to address racial injustice and instances of police brutality.

May 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— This week, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), joined members of the Committee on Education and Labor to discuss the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on older Americans and individuals with disabilities. During the forum, Underwood addressed the heightened challenges that individuals with disabilities face with in-person voting during the November election.

April 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced that Illinois will receive $108 million in emergency education funding for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. The funding has been made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Underwood strongly supported in Congress and was signed by the President on March 27.

February 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) introduced her new women's economic agenda to ensure equal opportunity, support, and security for women. Underwood's agenda includes steps Congress should take to improve health care for women, enhance educational opportunities, promote workplace equality, support families, and ensure stability for secure retirements.

January 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced that her efforts to secure investments for Fermilab’s top priority projects were successful. The legislation passed as a part of the bipartisan, bicameral appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2020, and was signed into law by the President on December 20, 2019. The bill provides $1.045 billion for the Department of Energy’s High Energy Physics programs and allocations for Fermilab’s Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility/Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (LBNF/DUNE) and Proton Improvement Plan-II (PIP-II).

December 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) released the following statement on the bipartisan, bicameral appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2020, signed by the President. The legislation includes legislation championed by Underwood to lower insulin costs, establish an electronic health record system for the Department of Homeland Security, research gun violence, and invest in Fermilab.