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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.

More on Education

Apr 27, 2012 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke out in support of President Barack Obama's Executive Order to end deceptive and misleading practices by educational institutions that target veterans, service members, and their families.
Apr 17, 2012 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) congratulated Chicago's DePaul University for being recognized for its demonstrated commitment to environmental sustainability by the U.S. Green Building Council and The Princeton Review.
Feb 16, 2012 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Jackie Speier (CA-12) introduced the Military and Veterans Education Protection Act, legislation that discourages for-profit colleges from aggressively targeting service members and veterans using military education assistance programs.
Jun 2, 2011 Press Release
"I applaud the decision by the Obama administration to empower students and bring much-needed transparency and accountability to the for-profit college industry. Thanks to the new rules, these colleges must now be up front about accreditation and provide detailed explanations of costs and success rates. This is an important step toward preserving opportunities for students. Too many have been led astray by empty promises."
May 20, 2011 Press Release
Back in Chicago for a week of meeting constituents, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) got his hands dirty at Graymills Manufacturing and visited a band classroom at Bateman Elementary School.