Education

Congresswoman Pelosi stops by the South of Market Child Care Center in San Francisco to support hard-working child care providers and children who are benefiting from an early education.

Education is the single most important investment a nation can make in its future and a family can make in its children. Nothing brings more revenue to the United States Treasury than investments in education, whether it is early childhood education, kindergarten to 12th grade, higher education, post-graduate or lifetime learning.

Early childhood learning programs have proven to be one of the most valuable investments in our children’s future, dramatically increasing their ability to succeed later in school and in life. By expanding access to affordable, high-quality early learning opportunities, our nation’s future will see better educational outcomes, stronger job earnings and lower crime rates. By implementing universal pre-kindergarten programs, increasing access to Head Start and Early Head Start for low-income families and mitigating the achievement gap as early as possible will ensure our nation’s competitiveness in a global economy.

Despite the highest on record graduation rate of 83%, our work is not done in the classroom for our students, teachers and communities. For the first time in 50 years, a majority of public school students in our country live in poverty. We must continue to fight for educational equity to close the achievement gap, focus on career and college pipelines and continue to open doors of opportunity for all students, regardless of their zip code. I stood proud of the signing of Every Student Succeeds Act, which honors the civil rights legacy of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act through its inclusion of strong federal guardrails to maintain high standards and promote educational opportunity for historically disadvantaged students.

One of the most critical factors in determining a child's success in school is their teacher, who perform miracles every day in our under-funded and over-crowded school system. To produce a highly competitive and innovative workforce tomorrow, we must attract the best qualified teachers to our classrooms today. By strengthening training, recruitment and retention, we will ensure our students are ready for the challenges of tomorrow by bolstering support for our teachers and school leaders. If we want our students, teachers, school leaders and communities to succeed, we must also fight for investments that modernize our classrooms, close the digital gap, focus on school readiness, expand STEAM capacity in our schools, improve school climate, and commit to fully funding special education once and for all.

It took a Democratic majority in 2010 to pass the single largest investment history to aid to help students and families pay for college with the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. By strengthening the Pell Grant program, keeping interest rates low on subsidized federal student loans, ensuring borrowers repay their loans at an affordable rate, and establishing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, Democrats have stood tall on reducing the crushing burden of student loan debt.

Yet, over 43 million Americans face $1.3 trillion in student loan debt and approximately one-third of all student loan dollars are in default, forbearance or deferment. I have long-supported The Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which enables borrowers to refinance their federal and private student loans and lock in lower interest rates for up to over 2.2 million federal student loan borrowers in California. We must restore year-round Pell Grants and ensure the program is sustainable for years to come, protect campus-based aid programs like Work-Study options and Perkins, boost investments in Minority-Serving Institutions and our indispensable community colleges that equip students with cutting-edge skills to keep America number one.

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Sep 10, 2020 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the House of Representatives filed an amicus brief in the case of Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. v. Betsy DeVos, opposing the Department of Education’s illegal attempt to divert CARES Act money from public schools to private schools:
 
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Mar 3, 2020 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Members of Congress and national education leaders for a press event adding H.R. 865, the Rebuild America’s Schools Act, to House Democrats’ Moving Forward infrastructure framework.  The bill makes a $100 billion investment to help repair and improve the physical and digital infrastructure of public schools across the nation.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Speaker Pelosi.  Thank you all for being here.  

Jan 27, 2020 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 943, the Never Again Education Act, bipartisan legislation to support and strengthen Holocaust education.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Dec 17, 2019 Press Release

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Nov 18, 2019 Press Release
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Jun 28, 2019 Press Release

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San Francisco — Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the Department of Education’s repeal of the Gainful Employment Rule, which safeguards students’ and graduates’ ability to payback their student loan debt and holds schools accountable for delivering quality degrees and careers:

May 17, 2019 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement in honor of the 65th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka:

Mar 29, 2019 Press Release

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Dec 18, 2018 Press Release

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