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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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."
NASA astronaut Randolph Bresnik and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty spoke to Farmington High School students Monday about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM) in getting a job in the field like an astronaut.
Bresnik, also a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, said that his studies in math and physics from as far back as high school taught him about problem solving. Before NASA hired many of his fellow astronauts, they were regular people like the high school students in the audience, he said.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, has introduced two bills designed to boost workforce development and STEM education in Connecticut and nationwide.
They were introduced last week and referred to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology on which she serves. The first was also referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced the introduction of two bills designed to boost workforce development and STEM education in Connecticut and across the country – H.R. 3243, the STEM (Supporting Teachers and Enhancing Manufacturing) Jobs Act, and H.R. 3244, the First STEP (Supporting Training for Employment Potential) Act. The bills are the result of input Esty has received from manufacturers she’s visited around the district since taking office as well as a roundtable Esty held on workforce development in New Britain in August.
(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-CT-05) announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded the Newtown Police Department a $150,000 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), which will allow the department to hire two school safety officers.
NEW BRITAIN — In front of a sparse crowd inside Central Connecticut State University’s Copernicus Hall, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty held a workshop aimed at helping high school students and their parents learn about the resources available to help pay for college.
The importance of holding these type or workshops, Esty said, is to make sure students understand their financial aid options and ultimately make smart, informed choices.
With student loan debt at an all-time high, that’s more important than ever, she added.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty released the following statement regarding her vote in favor of the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013.