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 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced that $1.5 million in federal investments for education, health care, and youth projects for the people of the 14th District of Illinois have advanced in the House of Representatives. This is the result of Rep. Underwood’s advocacy to fund local projects to improve early education and college readiness, help foster youth and their advocates in the Kendall County, and support adults with disabilities and people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. Once approved by the House Appropriations Committee, the 

July 7, 2021 Press Release

WEST CHICAGO— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) released the following statement on President Joe Biden’s visit to Illinois’ 14th District. During the visit, Underwood joined President Biden at McHenry County College to discuss the American Families Plan and what it means for Illinois families.  

May 11, 2021 Press Release

Underwood fought to include expanded child tax credits in the American Rescue Plan that will benefit 140,100 children in the 14th District 

March 11, 2021 Press Release

Underwood’s Health Care Affordability Act, included in the American Rescue Plan, will lower out-of-pocket health care costs for American families 

February 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) supported the passage of the American Rescue Plan in the House of Representatives.

December 17, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) introduced new legislation to protect the civil rights of students.
December 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) applauded the Department of Education’s announcement extending the suspension of loan payments, interest accrual, and involuntary collections on federal student loans through January 31, 2021. The extension will help millions of student loan borrowers, many of whom are struggling financially due to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement follows Underwood’s 

November 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) introduced the Pandemic Accommodation to Support Students (PASS) Act to extend critical student loan relief to borrowers during the coronavirus pandemic. In March, the CARES Act suspended loan payments, interest accrual, and involuntary collections on federal student loans.

November 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) led 91 members of Congress in urging President Trump to further extend critical student loan relief included in the CARES Act. In March, Congress passed the bipartisan CARES Act, which paused loan payments, interest accrual, and involuntary collections on federal student loans. These provisions were extended through executive authority by President Trump in August, but are set to expire on December 31, 2020.

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