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.
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 why Rep. 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.
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 middle schoolers in Southington.
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.
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Washington DC – Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement in response to Congresswoman Jahana Hayes’ (CT-05) appointment to the House Education and Labor Committee.