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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

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:

October 2, 2012 Press Release
Hartford – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that The Jumoke Academy has received a $100,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Education's Charter School Program 'Collaboration Award'.
August 3, 2012 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) congratulated Rebecca M. Townsend, Ph.D. of Manchester, Connecticut, for being recognized as a 'Champion of Change' by the White House. The Champion of Change program, part of President Barack Obama's Winning the Future initiative, honors those who help their communities through transportation innovation.

July 11, 2007 Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2007

REP. LARSON PRAISES PASSAGE OF COLLEGE COST REDUCTION ACT OF 2007
Increase in aid to have substantial, positive impact on Connecticut students

January 17, 2007 Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 17, 2007

LARSON VOTES TO CUT INTEREST RATES ON STUDENT LOANS
Bill would make college more affordable and accessible

April 6, 2006 Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2006

LARSON OBJECTS TO BUDGET CUTS IN EDUCATION

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