Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut
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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


With three kids who have each learned, grown, and thrived in our public schools, I know that our students and educators 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 responsibility 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) education into our curriculums as well as developing a system of strong training at our technical high schools and at commuity colleges. 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.

For more information on my work and views on education or to let me know your thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.


More on Education

Jun 17, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) joined Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-3) in introducing legislation that would empower school districts to better engage girls and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act (H.R. 2773) would eliminate barriers for girls and historically underrepresented minorities in the early stages of their education.

Jun 9, 2015 In The News

CORNWALL -- Regionalization, standardized testing and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) were among the topics touched upon when Dianna Wentzell, the state's commissioner of education, and Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, D-5th District, came to town Saturday to talk about education. The program was sponsored by the Democratic Coalition of Northwest Connecticut.

May 4, 2015 Press Release


Congresswoman Esty with Congressional Art Competition winner, Liliana Sanchez (Wilby High School) with her entry “Still Life of Spills.” 

Apr 13, 2015 Press Release

(Hartford, CT) - U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today introduced the Jesse Lewis Empowering Educators Act to provide teachers powerful tools and training to support students’ social and emotional learning. The bill is named in honor of Jesse Lewis, who at six years old was tragically killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is a co-sponsor, and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) is a co-sponsor of the House bill.

Apr 13, 2015 In The News

Days before his death, 6-year-old Jesse Lewis scrawled three words on his mother's kitchen chalkboard in their Newtown home that could now prompt a national change in teacher training.

Apr 3, 2015 In The News

Two members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation have introduced a measure that would cut down interest rates for many people paying off student debt.

Apr 1, 2015 In The News

While Americans hear mostly about gridlock and partisan fighting in Congress, the issues with strong bipartisan support often get overlooked.

Inspiring American students to pursue science and math education is a goal shared by Republicans and Democrats. The bipartisan STEM Education Act, passed by the House last month, strengthens science, technology, engineering and mathematics education efforts at federal science agencies. It also, for the first time, expands the definition of STEM to include computer science.

Mar 31, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) joined Congressman Joe Courtney in introducing the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, H.R. 1434. The Bank on Students Act would allow borrowers to refinance their existing public and private student loans at the current federal interest rate of 3.86%. Currently, some student loan borrowers pay interest rates as high as 7%.

Mar 20, 2015 In The News

A measure establishing a program to encourage the proliferation of engineering programs in colleges and universities has been proposed with bipartisan support, according to a release from U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty.

The so-called “Manufacturing Universities Act” would offer $5 million annually to colleges with the intention of improving engineering programs with an emphasis on manufacturing and support for students in those programs.

Mar 20, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) congratulated two Connecticut students who were chosen to take part in the annual White House Science Fair. The White House selected Lilianna Zyszkowski, 14, a student at Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, and Mallory Kievman, 16, of Manchester, as part of 100 students for the Science Fair. Zyszkowsi invented a series of products, including most recently the PillMinder, a pill cap that reminds users when to take their medication. Kievman invented Hiccupops, the world’s first-ever lollipop to help suppress the hiccups.