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

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.

Jul 15, 2014 In The News

Washington – Teaming up with one of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives, Rep. Elizabeth Esty scored a legislative win Monday with House approval of a bill aimed at supporting studies in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

Jul 15, 2014 In The News

Both students have been learning about design, engineering and construction in weekly ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) sessions hosted by the New Britain Boys Club. There, they learn about educational requirements and career opportunities in STEM-related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Jul 14, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s bill, the STEM Education Act, H.R. 5031. The bill passed unanimously. Esty introduced the bill with Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Esty is a member of the committee.

Jul 9, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) voted for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), H.R. 803, which the U.S. House of Representatives passed today by a bipartisan vote of 415-6. WIOA is now heading to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

Jul 2, 2014 In The News

DANBURY -- Danbury High School students have the chance to become technology engineers during a state summer mobile app designing project.

The pilot project for the CT Pre-Engineering Program is to stimulate students' knowledge and aptitude for science, technology, engineering and math.

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., visited the school Wednesday to learn more about the program and congratulate the students on creating their mobile apps.

May 27, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty applauded President Obama for announcing new initiatives supporting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education as part of the Educate to Innovate campaign. Specifically, the President announced that the U.S. Department of Education will launch a STEM-focused round of the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant competition to help support teacher professional development and preparation in the STEM fields. Esty included similar provisions and support for TQP in her bill, the STEM Jobs Act (H.R.

May 19, 2014 Press Release

Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced the winners for the first annual Congressional STEM Competition, a nationwide congressional academic competition where high school students compete by programing an app for mobile, tablet, or computer devices.

Rep. Esty, along with a panel of judges, selected the three winning entries. The first place winners’ YouTube video explaining their app will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol and on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

This year’s winners are: