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.
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Rep. Elizabeth Esty reads to kids at YWCA in New Britain
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Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.
The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 5th District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.
It's my pleasure to announce the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, also known as the “House App Contest.” As a cofounder of the competition, I'm excited by this opportunity for high school students to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.
Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, D-5th District, on Friday got an up-close look at students preparing for jobs of the future with a tour of Oliver Wolcott Technical High School.
"The modern face of manufacturing is really quite different, and it's important that families and young people see the exciting things happening in Connecticut," Esty said while standing in the school's Manufacturing Technology shop. "We have 5,000 manufacturers in Connecticut, and a lot of them are doing cutting-edge work and exporting around the world."
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, toured Oliver Wolcott Technical High School Friday to meet with students, teachers, and staff to discuss the importance of manufacturing education.
Esty recently introduced two bills, the Supporting Teachers and Enhancing Manufacturing (STEM) Jobs Act, H.R. 3243 and the First Supporting Training for Employment Potential (STEP) Act, H.R. 3244, both designed to boost workforce development and support STEM education.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) applauded a $1.9 million School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the Newtown Public School District to support further recovery efforts in the wake of the December 14, 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Farmington >> Three students from Hartford County and two from Litchfield County were nominated by Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Mackenzie Henke of Avon and Spencer Persechino of Litchfield were nominated to West Point. Jill Friedman of Farmington and Wyatt Toczko of Burlington were nominated to the Naval Academy, and Paul Kang of Farmington was nominated to the Merchant Marine Academy.
When freshman U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, reflects on the nearly one year she’s spent in Congress, she largely speaks in neat anecdotes about specific people she’s met along the way — including constituents and colleagues.
“I love this job,” she said, answering questions from the editorial board of the Register Citizen.
Being in space is like swimming in a pool, Astronaut Randolph Bresnik told a group of Farmington High School students Monday, drawing some laughter.
Bresnik was showing video of what it is like to eat, drink, and float around the International Space Station.
“You chuckle, but it is that much fun,” Bresnik said. “It was physically joyful just to be free to do the things that you’ve always envisioned or that you’ve seen someone do in a movie. The closest thing to it is swimming in a pool.”
WATERBURY -- Col. Randolph J. Bresnik earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics, but says he didn't realize at first just how far that would take him.
Such as all the way to the International Space Station.
"NASA is in desperate need of smart, educated people who know how to solve problems," said Bresnik, a Marine Corps aviator and NASA astronaut who also earned a master's in aviation systems.
FARMINGTON — Astronaut Randolph Bresnik said he hopes some of the students at Farmington High School will someday be among those who step foot on another planet.
Bresnik, accompanied by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District,, visited the high school Monday to stress the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to a group of about 100 students.
"It's likely people your age that will be planting a flag on another planet," Bresnik, a NASA astronaut for almost 10 years, told the group. "That's why school is so important."