An investment in our children's education is an investment in our country's future. The importance of providing our children the best possible education cannot be overstated, especially as so many Americans battle economic hardship. That’s why I have made modernizing and improving our school system a top priority during my time in Congress.
I was proud to support the bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which fixes the broken “No Child Left Behind” law and provides vital federal funding to states and local school districts to help improve K-12 education around the country. Included in the final bill was my bipartisan amendment to prevent the removal of important standards for classroom paraprofessionals and ensure that our students are being taught by qualified individuals, was included in the final bill. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have worked to increase funding for Preschool Development Grants, Head Start, and other education programs. I have supported policies that would make it easier for students to attend college by fighting for an extension of the Perkins Loan Program, which offers low-interest federal loans for undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need. Finally, as founder and co-chair of the bipartisan International Basic Education Caucus, I have worked to increase international basic education programs and boost understanding of global education challenges.
Affordable and accessible education is one of the most important issues facing our country. I will continue fighting in Congress to develop innovative and pragmatic policies that support our teachers and ensure all children have fair and equal access to a high quality education.
As a champion of STEM education, Rep. Quigley announced Ava Hollis, a freshman at York High School, as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge for Illinois’ Fifth Congressional District.
Rep. Quigley launched the bipartisan International Basic Education Caucus to boost support in Congress for international basic education programs and increase understanding of global education challenges.
Rep. Quigley supported passage of the bipartisan reauthorization bill for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
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U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) sent a letter to Representative James Clyburn (SC-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis and House Majority Whip, expressing strong concerns about possible misuse of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds by United States Secretary of Education Betsy Devos. He cited dramatic changes that have been made to the plan for the distribution of funds, in an apparent effort by DeVos to advantage small, private, often religious schools.
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and Nita Lowey (NY-17) urged the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to include education and distance learning opportunities for children in USAID’s response to COVID-19. In a letter to USAID Administrator Mark Andrew Green, the lawmakers argued that 1.5 billion student’s education has been interrupted by the pandemic.
Today, Vice-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL-5) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) introduced the Trauma-Informed Schools Act of 2019, legislation that will define “trauma-informed practices” for the first time ever in federal education law. This bill would also align key federal funding sources to invest in teacher professional development, after school programs, and charter schools, with a goal of providing educators the training and resources they need to utilize trauma-informed care.
The House Committee on Appropriations this week approved the fiscal year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill, which includes several initiatives championed by Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05). As part of this legislation, the Committee approved funding requested by Quigley for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, gun violence research, and Title X Family Planning.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley led members of the Illinois House Delegation in a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos expressing their concerns about the implementation of the Department’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Established in 2007, PSLF promised to forgive up to 100 percent of federal student loan debt if a recipient makes 10 years’ worth of payments and works full time in a public service career.