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It is crucial that everyone has access to a high-quality education at all levels: Pre-K, K-12, and college. As a former teacher, Representative Larson knows the importance of this and is working to ensure every student has access to the education they need to succeed later in life.  

Pre-Kindergarten

Research shows that the best way to lay a strong foundation for learning is giving students access to pre-kindergarten. All students benefit from starting school earlier, but the impacts are particularly pronounced for lower-income students. Universal Pre-K is a necessary tool to lower the achievement gap. That’s whRep. Larson is an original cosponsor of the Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act (H.R. 3315), introduced by Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM). This legislation would invest robust federal funding in locally-run Child Care and Early Learning Centers which would provide pre-K to families not eligible for current head start programs. The cost for each child would be subsidized based on income, with no family paying more than 7% on any public child care options.  

K-12:

All of our children deserve a safe and quality education, and the future of our country depends on keeping up with global competition. Rep. Larson is fighting to ensure that the federal government is supporting our children and their educators.  

Our schools, like much of our national infrastructure, are in desperate need of repair. It is estimated that there is $46 billion in work that must be done to bring them up to adequacy. That is why Rep. Larson introduced the America Wins Act (H.R. 4142), an infrastructure bill that would provide $30 billion over ten years for education infrastructure. He is also a cosponsor of the Rebuild America’s Schools Act, which would invest $100 billion for school construction and renovation.  

All students have a right to an education. The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), is landmark legislation passed in 1975 which ensures that children with disabilities are able to access that right. Unfortunately, Congress has never fully funded the IDEA, straining our local schools and jeopardizing the education of disabled students. Rep. Larson is a cosponsor of the IDEA Full Funding Act (H.R. 1878), which would require the federal government to meet its share of IDEA funding. 

Above all, schools must be a safe and secure environment for students and teachers. Unfortunately, Congress has abdicated its responsibility to take action. Gun violence is a complex issue, but the answer is not allowing guns into our schools. That is why Rep. Larson is a cosponsor of the “Keeping Guns out of Classrooms” resolution (H.Res. 231), introduced by Rep. Hayes (D-CT), which resolves that federal funds should not be used to train or arm teachers with firearms. The House of Representatives has passed three measures on gun control which the Senate has not yet taken up.  For more information on Rep. Larson’s gun violence prevention efforts, see here 

Rep. Larson speaks with students in Southington
Rep. Larson speaks with middle schoolers in Southington. 

College Education: 

The cost of a college education is skyrocketing, putting higher education out of reach for some and saddling others with years of student debt. Not only is this a burden on individuals, but it’s a drag on our economy. 

That’s why Rep. Larson introduced the ACTION for National Service Act (H.R. 3464), which would give all students access to higher education. For every year of service an individual gives the country through a program like AmeriCorps, the person would receive funding equivalent to two years of state school tuition to be used for tuition payments or student loan repayment. For more information about ACTION for National Service, see here. Additionally, Rep. Larson is a cosponsor of the Student Loan Debt Relief Act (H.R. 3887) introduced by Rep. Clyburn. This legislation would cancel all student loan debt for households making below $100,000 in annual income, and partially cancel debt for households making below $250,000.  

More on Education

August 27, 2021 Press Release
The Connecticut Delegation and Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has approved the Governor's administration’s plan for use of the $110 million the State of Connecticut is receiving from the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.
August 24, 2021 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted in favor of a rule to advance the budget resolution which includes President Biden’s historic investment in the American people and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill.
August 5, 2021 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that three museums in Connecticut’s 1st Congressional District were awarded Museums for America grants by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
July 29, 2021 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for H.R. 4502, FY 2022 Seven-Bill Appropriations Minibus.
July 8, 2021 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced $1.3 million for local Head Start programs. Larson helped secure the grant funding as part of the American Rescue Plan.
June 2, 2021 Press Release
Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced the winner of the First Congressional District Art Competition during a virtual ceremony.
April 21, 2021 Press Release
The Connecticut Delegation and Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is proposing to dedicate up to $11 million in federal funding Connecticut has received for COVID-19 recovery efforts toward the expansion of programs that connect students to high-quality summer enrichment and recreational opportunities, with an emphasis on communities and children who were most impacted by the pandemic.
April 12, 2021 Press Release
(HARTFORD, CT) – The Connecticut Delegation and Governor Ned Lamont today announced a new state program aimed at engaging with K-12 students who struggled with absenteeism and disengagement during the 2020-21 school year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 26, 2021 Press Release
The Connecticut Congressional Delegation and Governor Ned Lamont today announced plans to make a historic investment in early childhood programs across Connecticut to assist in their ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting economic impact, including through the release of $210 million from the federal funding the state has received to date to support pandemic recovery efforts.
March 1, 2021 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) applauded the Senate’s confirmation of Miguel Cardona as the Secretary of Education.

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