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

Apr 16, 2014
In The News


MERIDEN — U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty toured several city locations Monday, including Middlesex Community College, where she spoke about flood control plans and education.

Esty held a question-and-answer session with the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at Middlesex Community College and spoke about her plans to help Meriden secure money for it’s flood control plan and redevelopment of the former Hub site between State and Pratt streets.

Mar 18, 2014
In The News


WATERBURY -- Hometown hero and astronaut Rick Mastracchio may be orbiting 250 miles above the earth in the International Space Station, but that didn't stop him from paying a visit to thousands of local children at the city's Palace Theater Monday morning.

Appearing via a video link on a massive screen at the theater, Mastracchio offered encouragement to a crowd of 2,500 students and their teachers and even one of his own.

Mar 14, 2014
In The News


NEW BRITAIN — U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty this week launched a new congressional competition for high school students across the country that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math programming.

The competition, which Esty co-founded, was designed to run in contrast to the annual congressional arts competition, and will test students’ creativity and skill in building applications for mobile devices. One winner will be selected from each congressional district.

Mar 13, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) successfully offered two bipartisan amendments to boost workforce development and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. The amendments were based off of Rep. Esty’s bills, the STEM Jobs Act and the First STEP Act.

Mar 6, 2014

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.

Mar 5, 2014

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.

Feb 14, 2014
In The News


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."

Feb 14, 2014
In The News

Torrington Register-Citizen

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.

Jan 6, 2014
Press Release

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.

Dec 16, 2013
In The News

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.