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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

June 26, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) met with members of Goodwin College’s faculty in his Washington office. Goodwin College was awarded a $26,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for their project Goodwin College-Integrating Humanities into Career Focused Programs.
May 4, 2018 Press Release
Last night, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced the winner of the First Congressional District Art Competition.
May 2, 2018 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented Madison Henry, a junior at Kingswood Oxford from Glastonbury, CT, with the Silver Congressional Award medal.
April 17, 2018 Press Release
In today’s Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Jobs and Opportunity, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta accepted Rep. John B. Larson’s (CT-01) invitation to visit Connecticut and see the successful workforce collaborations led by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), Goodwin College, International Association of Machinists (IAM), local community colleges, and employers like Pratt and Whitney.
January 8, 2018 Page
2017 re-cap from Rep. Larson.
September 28, 2017 Press Release
Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), and Joe Courtney (CT-2) announced $9,384,131 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education under the Magnet Schools Assistance Program to support magnet schools in the New Haven, Hartford, and Old Lyme area.
June 8, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) delivered letters written by East Hartford High School students, inviting Secretary Betsy DeVos to tour their school.
May 30, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined East Hartford students and educators in voicing their concerns regarding Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s comments about East Hartford High School.
May 26, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after he sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, in response to remarks she made about East Hartford
December 21, 2016 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) recognized Fabrizio Lazo, Isaiah Powell and Brandon Reed with Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition for designing the winning app of the First District’s 2016 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). All three are seniors at Howell Cheney Technical High School and residents of East Hartford. Their app, BoomTanks, is a multiplayer action-based game featuring quiz questions about the history of tanks.

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