Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut
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With three kids who have each learned, grown, and thrived in our public schools, I know that public education and our teachers and administrators need our full support. When I served on the Cheshire Town Council, I fought for a budget that ensured strong funding for public schools. We have an obligation to our children and their future to invest in smart, effective education programs.
“Teaching to the test” and budget cuts at the local, state, and national levels, are failing our kids, our businesses, and our educators.  We must insist on real results but we have an obligation to ensuring our schools have the resources they need to prepare our kids to compete for 21st Century jobs. That means incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) into our curriculums as well as developing a system of strong vocational training in high school, combined with apprenticeships and 1 or 2 years of post high school education. It is the responsibility of all of us - parents, businesses leaders, elected officials, community leaders and educators alike - to build not only a strong foundation for our public schools, but also for our children and our workers to compete and thrive.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

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Rep. Elizabeth Esty talks with student Riley Shreders and Larry Pomerleau, Manufacturing Technology Department Head, at Oliver Wolcott Technical High School in Torrington

Rep. Esty reading to children at YWCA in New Britain

Rep. Elizabeth Esty reads to kids at YWCA in New Britain

More on Education

Jan 14, 2015 Press Release

WATERBURY, CT – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced that Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis, President of Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC), will be her guest of honor at President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Dr. De Filippis was born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen after moving to the United States when she was 13 years old. Dr.

Jan 9, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) applauded President Obama’s proposal to expand access to quality, affordable community college education. The President’s announcement includes establishing a new American Technical Training Fund to expand innovative technical training programs and providing grant assistance to facilitate connections between community colleges and local businesses to better align students’ skills with those needed for jobs in demand.

Dec 22, 2014 In The News

Unlike other parts of the country, New England has been seeing a growing number of new farms. Connecticut is among eight states recently chosen for a federal pilot program supporting locally-grown food in schools.

Existing federal funds in this year’s Farm Bill will now allow 16 school districts to use tax dollars to purchase fruits and vegetables from Connecticut farms for school lunches. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty calls it a double-win.

Dec 10, 2014 Press Release

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut’s Congressional delegation today announced that Connecticut has been awarded nearly $12.5 million in discretionary federal funding to expand high-quality preschool. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services through a competitive grant process and was announced today by Secretary Burwell of the Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Duncan of the Department of Education.

Nov 20, 2014 In The News

LITCHFIELD — The superintendent of Region 6 schools was a special guest at the White House on Wednesday.

Ed Drapp was one of more than 100 superintendents from across the country who took part in President Barack Obama's ConnectED to the Future event.

Drapp, who attended the event with Congresswoman Elizabeth H. Esty, D-Cheshire, was the only Connecticut superintendent to attend. He was selected because of the district's use of technology and digital content in the classroom.

Nov 19, 2014 Press Release

Ed Drapp

Congresswoman Esty and Superintendent of Region 6 Ed Drapp at the White House Today

Oct 28, 2014 In The News

WATERBURY -- Nasya Quinonez, 13, has long wanted to be a teacher or doctor. She has a cousin in nursing.

"I like helping people, and now many of my cousins work at the hospital," Quinonez said.

Quinonez was among about 100 girls from Waterbury middle schools gathered at Naugatuck Valley Community College on Friday for a daylong forum on career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, also known generally as "STEM" fields. The girls-only event is part of the college's attempt to draw women into careers that continue to be dominated by men.

Oct 24, 2014 In The News

NEW BRITAIN — Jose Rodriguez, 17, of New Britain was working on a CNC machine Thursday when two U.S. legislators suddenly walked up to him.

 Rodriguez told them he hopes to become an aerospace engineer — a career position much in demand in Connecticut, and one that E.C. Goodwin Technical High School is giving him a start in.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty toured E.C. Goodwin to celebrate and highlight ‘Manufacturing Month,” and chat with students about their learning experiences there.

Jul 24, 2014 In The News

If politics is the art of compromise, then Lyndon Johnson may have been the greatest artist of all time, because as president he was able to bring Republicans and Democrats together and paint a picture of a better society. His masterpiece was the historic, though highly controversial, civil rights legislation of the 1960s.

Jul 15, 2014 In The News

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Elizabeth Esty's bill to support science- and math-based education and teachers in those disciplines sailed through the House with bipartisan support Monday.