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.

See also information on student financial aid.


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

Feb 27, 2015 In The News

WINSTED — As part of a tour of the Northwest Corner, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-5) visited the campus of Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) on Monday, Feb. 23. Esty’s tour also included stops at Tunxis Community College in Farmington and Torrington’s Town Hall. She held public meetings at both locations.

During her visit to NCCC, Esty met with students, professors, administrators and college president Barbara Douglass at the Arts and Sciences building on campus..

Feb 26, 2015 In The News

The House on Wednesday approved legislation co-authored by Rep. Elizabeth Esty that would expand computer science and other tech-related education in the K-12 years. The vote of 412-8 for the STEM Education Act was a rare example of bi-partisan support in an otherwise bitterly divided Congress.

Feb 25, 2015 In The News

Washington – The House on Wednesday easily approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, that would promote the teaching of science, technology, engineering, or STEM, disciplines in the nation’s schools.

Co-sponsored with the Republican Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the bill would add computer science to the STEM disciplines eligible for federal grants.

Feb 25, 2015 Press Release


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Feb 23, 2015 In The News

NEW BRITAIN — What classes should I take?

What activities or clubs do I want to take part in?

How can I turn my major into a profitable career?

These are just some of the questions that typically run through the minds of college students on a regular basis. There’s also a frightening one that may pop into their heads more than any other these days — how am I going to afford my education?

Feb 19, 2015 Event

Right now, there is about $1.2 trillion worth of student loan debt owed by about 40 million Americans. Costs of higher education continue to rise while the total amount of student loan debt now exceeds total credit card debt nationwide.

With several measures before Congress to deal with this issue, I want to hear from you about student loan debt and affording college and bring them back to Washington. That’s why I’m joining Congressman John Larson to host a Student Forum on College Affordability this Thursday night at Central Connecticut State University.

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.