Representative Lauren Underwood

Representing the 14th District of Illinois

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 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Yesterday, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), announced that her proposals to reduce barriers to financial aid, increase transparency in the loan application process, and provide resources for underserved college students were included in the College Affordability Act—a legislative package that would lower the cost of college, increase the quality of higher education, and expand opportunities for a new generation of students.

September 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) introduced the File Once FAFSA Act and the Student Loan Contract Act to simplify and increase transparency in the student loan application process. Each year, nearly 2 million undergraduate students who would have qualified for federal Pell Grants fail to apply for or refile the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

June 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Educare of West DuPage an additional $1,108,315 in federal grant funding for early childhood education programs. Educare of West DuPage is a part of a national network of schools partnered with Early Head Start funding to ensure more children in the state of Illinois have access to early education.

May 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In a hearing today in the House Committee on Education and Labor, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), pressed Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta on the Department’s regulations that deny women access to contraception and expand short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans that do not have to offer patient protections like coverage for pre-existing conditions or essential health benefits. The hearing marked the Secretary’s first appearance before the Committee in the 116th Congress.

April 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington—Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) today questioned Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on the Department’s failures that limit the civil rights of students with disabilities. Under the leadership of Secretary DeVos, the Department has failed to be transparent about states’ applications for waivers to the 1% cap on alternate assessments enacted by the Every Student Succeeds Act.  This transparency is critical and required by law so parents can ensure their kids are getting the right assessments and a good education that allows them to fulfill their potential.

April 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), along with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Educare of West DuPage $1,233,514 in federal grant funding. Educare of West DuPage is a part of a national network of schools partnered with Early Head Start funding to ensure more children in the state of Illinois have access to early education.

March 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON- U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, today pressed Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on the Department’s failure to appropriately respond to borrowers who default on their student loans.