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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 our students and educators 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 responsibility 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) education into our curriculums as well as developing a system of strong training at our technical high schools and at community colleges. 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.

For more information on my work and views on education or to let me know your thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

More on Education

November 27, 2018 Press Release

A Senate amendment to Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty’s (CT-05) bipartisan Women in Aerospace Education Act (H.R. 4254) passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote earlier this afternoon. The Women in Aerospace Education Act first passed the House in December 2017 by a vote of 409 to 17, was amended and passed the Senate by unanimous consent in late September, 2018. The Women in Aerospace Education Act now awaits President Donald Trump’s signature.

November 16, 2018 Press Release

On Monday, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will visit Avon High School to meet with the winners of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge, Jaya and Dheepa Hari. 

Esty will join Michael Renkawitz, Principal of Avon High School, Jeanine Labrosse, Math Teacher at Avon High School, App Challenge judges Patrice Gans, Founder and Executive Director of Random Hacks of Kindness Junior and Susan Auchincloss of Skills21 at EdEdvance, and the winner’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Hari.

August 30, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), along with U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee, Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), called on Secretary Betsy DeVos to abandon the “borrower defense” rule change at the Department of Education, which would rescind an Obama-era policy put in place to protect students who are misled by predatory for-profit colleges. This proposed rule will make it much harder for Connecticut students, saddled with debt but no legitimate education, to receive the relief they deserve. This is the latest step in a pattern of concerning actions by Secretary DeVos to put for-profit colleges and corporations’ bottom line ahead of students.
May 10, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) applauded $1,015,900 in federal funding from the National Endowment of the Arts to support historical societies, museums, performances, and exhibitions across the state.
April 27, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), praised the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act in the House by a 393-13 vote. The bill, which extends FAA funding for five years and authorizes various Federal Aviation Administration programs, also contains amended language to include Esty’s bill H.R. 4673, the “Promoting Women in the Aviation Workforce Act.”
April 26, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced the winners of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for Connecticut’s Fifth District at a reception on Sunday at the historic Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury
March 6, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) and Congressman Tom MacArthur (NJ-03) introduced the bipartisan TECH Careers Act, legislation to expand community college and technical programs that help Americans obtain the high-skill, high-wage jobs of the future.
November 15, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty’s (CT-05) bipartisan Women in Aerospace Education Act (H.R. 4254) passed the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee by voice vote this morning. The bill would encourage universities applying for Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grants, which are designed to cover the cost of STEM-degree seeking students who intend to teach in rural and lower income school districts, to incorporate aerospace programs at the National Laboratories and NASA Centers into their teacher training experience. Esty, along with Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25), introduced the legislation to encourage more women to participate in the STEM fields.
November 6, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) and Congressman Steve Knight (CA-25) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the American aerospace industry by enhancing K-12 education initiatives to promote more female participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
October 11, 2017 Press Release
On Saturday, October 14, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold a town hall meeting at Pulaski Middle School in New Britain