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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

November 30, 2016 Press Release
Hartford, CT - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Governor Dannel P. Malloy, and the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation today announced that the State of Connecticut has been awarded nearly $11.7 million in discretionary federal funding through the Preschool Development Grant.
September 26, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Connecticut Congressional Delegation applauded over $4.25 million in U.S. Department of Labor YouthBuild grants to help young people reach key educational and career milestones.
July 14, 2016 Press Release
Today, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and John Lewis (GA-05) announced a renewed commitment to our country’s public service needs.
March 24, 2016 Press Release
​Hartford – Last night, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) met with the presidents of local community colleges to discuss legislation he is drafting that would provide tax credits to employers who collaborate with local schools to develop curricula that meet industry needs and then hire students upon graduation.
December 2, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177):

August 26, 2015 Press Release
East Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) helped cut the ribbon for Goodwin College's new Business and Manufacturing Center.
June 23, 2015 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-1) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement that the Town of East Hartford is to receive a $641,205 grant under the Head Start Program:

April 23, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) introduced a resolution in Congress supporting the establishment of a Presidential Youth Council to advise the President of the United States on the perspectives of young Americans. The Council would also provide insight and suggestions on how to most effectively utilize federal funding to impact the nation’s youth.

January 9, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today:

“I applaud President Obama for his proposal to make the first two years of college and an associate degree as universal as a high school education. That was the original plan for our community colleges, and I commend the President for continuing that mission today.

September 30, 2014 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced today that Portland Middle School has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education. Each school will receive a National Blue Ribbon plaque and a flag in honor of its status.

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