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

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.

Mar 20, 2015 In The News

Three years ago Darlene Blumenthal sat in the New Opportunities' office in Waterbury. Like too many other veterans, Darlene, a Navy veteran, struggled to find a good-paying, full-time job.

Mar 19, 2015 In The News

Rep. Elizabeth Esty is the lead sponsor of a bill to link engineering education to high-tech manufacturing through specific grants to colleges and universities with engineering programs.

The Manufacturing Universities Act would provide grants of up to $5 million annually over four years for college-level programs. It has some bipartisan support with Rep. Chris Collins, R-Buffalo, signing up as a co-sponsor. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is among those co-sponsoring a companion bill in the Senate along with Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.

Mar 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) joined Reps. Chris Collins (R-NY), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Rodney Davis (R-IL), and Mike Thompson (D-CA) in introducing the bipartisan Manufacturing Universities Act.

Mar 12, 2015 In The News

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, D-5th District, visited Wamogo Regional High School on Wednesday to view firsthand how students are capitalizing on the opportunity to put their creativity to work in what's known as the school's "makerspace."

A supporter of science, technology, engineering and math initiatives in schools, Esty spent about an hour watching students fiddle with computer parts, design a cellphone carrying case, and create computer graphics, among other tasks they've decided to do on their own.

Mar 12, 2015 In The News

LITCHFIELD >> Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, D-5, on break from her work in Washington, D.C., stopped into Wamogo Regional High School Wednesday to get a look at the school’s groundbreaking student makerspace.

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.