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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Education

In order to compete in the global economy, our nation needs the world’s finest education system. No matter the district, our students deserve to have the tools they need to learn and grow. The latest research shows that children who receive early education, including preschool and pre-kindergarten, have a marked advantage over those who do not. Every child in America deserves this opportunity.

Today’s students are also dealing with our current economic recovery. Most recently, many schools and other education programs are dealing with the impact of cuts caused by sequestration, or the across the board budget cuts that began in March of 2013. Rep. Larson voted against sequestration understanding it was the wrong way to deal with our fiscal issues, and will continue to work towards a balanced plan so that our students have the best resources available.

Rep. Larson has also fought to keep the costs of higher education down, joining his colleagues in condemning unnecessary burdens on recent and future college graduates. While financial aid gives many Americans an opportunity to pursue their dreams through higher education, the costs of that aid must be kept affordable.

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

The face of tomorrow’s workforce is also changing across the nation. In Connecticut there are thousands of unfilled manufacturing jobs, a number expected to rise sharply as a generation of machinists and manufacturers retires. That’s why Rep. Larson is working to build and strengthen partnerships between academia, manufacturers and government to better prepare and train those who wish to pursue a career in advanced manufacturing.

Rep. Larson has also worked to promote books and the Library of Congress in Connecticut, sharing various educational materials with teachers and students in the First District. Among these include information on Primary Source Sets for teachers and information on Library of Congress resources for students.

 

“As a nation, we must invest in our youth and ensure they have every tool and opportunity to succeed in the global economy.” – Rep. John B. Larson

 

 

More on Education

August 29, 2013 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced plans to reintroduce 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 offer views on how to most effectively use federal funding that impacts youth.

August 22, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on President Barack Obama's remarks at SUNY Buffalo:

August 6, 2013 Press Release

Hartford - Monday, August 5th, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01)  joined the University of Connecticut's Department of Extension in a book reading of Susie and Jerome Learn about a Healthy Home. The book, written by Department of Extension Educators Joan Bothell and Mary-Margaret Gaudio, is part of the Healthy Environments for Children Initiative (HEC) designed to help parents, guardians, teachers and other caring adults provide a healthy environment for children. The book was developed in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

July 31, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 1911, The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013:

July 1, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on the student loan rate increase. Interest rates on new federally subsidized student loans have now doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent:

April 22, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01),  Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today hailed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)'s decision to end the Job Corps enrollment freeze. The three have worked for this decision for months, most recently sending a letter to DOL imploring them to use their authority to transfer addition funds to the Job Corps program and take other steps to end the freeze.

April 11, 2013 Press Release

Washington — Three members of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation—U.S. Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) along with Senator Chris Murphy—today hailed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)'s decision to end the Job Corps enrollment freeze. The three have worked for this decision for months, most recently sending a letter to DOL imploring them to use their authority to transfer addition funds to the Job Corps program and take other steps to end the freeze.

March 22, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC — Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Connecticut's entire Congressional Delegation today called on the Department of Labor (DOL) to end the current freeze on student enrollment as soon as possible at Job Corps centers in New Haven, Hartford and nationwide. Congress passed legislation this week funding the federal government and giving DOL the authority to immediately transfer funds to the Job Corps program to end the freeze.

March 13, 2013 Press Release

Washington - Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) made the following statement after the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps suspended their tuition assistance programs:

January 22, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after President Barack Obama delivered his inaugural address:

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