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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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Feb 17, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) has nominated students from Illinois’ Fifth Congressional District for admission to the U.S. Service Academies for the graduating class of 2021.
Jan 9, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) addressed Alcott College Prep students at their East Elementary Campus today in advance of the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. Rep. Quigley is giving forty-one Alcott seventh and eighth grade students tickets to the inauguration taking place on January 20.
Dec 7, 2016 In the News
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Aug 23, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) joined a group of Roosevelt University students, faculty, and staff for a roundtable discussion on the University’s current policies, procedures, and educational programming centered around “Sexual Respect” and how they are changing the culture of sexual assault on campus.
Apr 28, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Elizabeth Esty, Jim Himes and Joe Courtney introduced the Technical Education Creates High-Paying Careers (TECH Careers) Act, a bill to expand innovative community college and technical programs so more Americans can break into high-demand fields with good-paying careers.