WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) introduced theDignity for Detained Immigrants Act, legislation to reform the systemic problems in our immigration detention system. Our current system is inhumane, unjust, and driven by private, for-profit corporations like The GEO Group, which operates the Northwest Detention Center located in Tacoma, … READ MORE
A well-educated country yields endless rewards: a better workforce, a stronger economy, lower crime, and greater community engagement, just to name a few. It must be our goal to have the best public education system in the world, and although local communities and parents clearly have the biggest role to play in educating children, I am proud to be a partner in those efforts.
We need an innovative approach to public education, one that focuses on results instead of process. We must ensure our children are prepared for the competitive global economy and the challenges of the 21st century. I support freeing local schools from the unnecessary red tape and regulation that often accompanies federal funding.
We must strengthen our commitment to K-12 public education; I support increased funding for local schools and more efficient methods of sending federal dollars to local classrooms, so that the children who need the extra boost of federal funding receive it.
Higher education is just as important to the success of our nation. I am proud of the long tradition of first-rate higher education offered to Washingtonians, from the University of Washington, to Renton Technical College. We need to ensure that students continue to have access to higher learning, including financial aid through student loans and grants, and enough slots at public schools to accommodate their pursuits.
Adam’s work on Education:
- Strongly supported the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which changed the disastrous policies of No Child Left Behind, to help more accurately reflect learning and performance.
- Authored the Empowering Local Schools Act, which increased federal financial assistance to local schools with high numbers of children from low-income families.
- Supported anti-bullying legislation and fought for language within the ESSA that guaranteed protection against bullying based on a child’s sexual identity, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, or ability.
- Supported lowering interest rates on students loans to increase access to higher education.
- Supported education savings accounts, which allow families to save money for their children’s college education tax-free.
- Voted for legislation to increase student loans for college and to create the HOPE (Helping Others Pursue Education) Scholarship, which provided a $1,500 per year tax credit for each child enrolled in college.
- Voted to expand training benefits for laid-off workers, and authored the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act to improve the retraining resources available to laid-off workers returning to school.
- Co-sponsored H.R. 1880, the College for All Act of 2017.