Advocating for Education

Education is necessary for young people to thrive in our global community. In Hawai’i, many families face unique challenges in gaining access to a high-quality, affordable education. Tulsi has fought to protect funding for education programs, accountability standards, and for disadvantaged and underserved children. She believes that as a nation we must continue to provide to ensure that every child can attain the education they need to be successful.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Brings Needed Reform
In the 114th Congress, Tulsi supported and voted for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which gives states more flexibility to determine the best way to measure success in their schools, and provides support for innovation, teacher quality, STEM education, and more. The ESSA, signed into law in December 2015, also included language Tulsi introduced to reauthorize the Native Hawaiian Education Act, which provides grants for innovative Native Hawaiian educational programs across the State of Hawaiʻi.

Improving STEAM Opportunities for Our Keiki
Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) based knowledge and skills are critical to today's competitive, globalized economy. Advancements in technology continue to drive an increase in demand for STEAM-based labor domestically and globally.  It is imperative that our keiki have the opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills that will meet the demands of the 21st century economy.  Federal STEAM education programs administered by the National Science Foundation, the Departments of Education, Energy, and others benefit our students by equipping them with the skills necessary to usher in new technology and innovation that improve national prosperity and strengthen our national security. Tulsi is working to improve STEAM education standards, teacher quality, and accountability, and is a member of the Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Caucus in the 114th Congress. She also hosts an annual Congressional Art Competition to encourage and recognize student’s artistic talent in Hawai‘i's 2nd Congressional district. 

“It is imperative that our keiki have the opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills that will meet the demands of the 21st century economy.” -Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Making Higher Education Affordable 
Whether it’s vocational training or a college degree, education should not be cost-prohibitive for anyone. Tulsi supports keeping interest loan rates affordable for students, and has cosponsored bipartisan legislation like H.R. 5191, the HELP for Students and Parents Act, to provide incentives for employers to make tax-free contributions to an employee's student loan repayment plan. She has also introduced legislation like H.R. 4454, the Chris Kotch VA Education Access Act, to help ensure our veterans returning home receive the education benefits they're entitled to.

 
Investing in Early Education 
Research shows the many short- and long-term benefits of early childhood education, including increased academic development, lower rates of child abuse, neglect, income inequality and crime. Tulsi has visited preschools and Head Start classrooms across Hawai‘i, and seen how early childhood education programs have had a great impact on our keiki and our communities. Tulsi understands that investing in our children is an investment in our future, and is continuing to work to increase funding for Head Start and early education programs in Hawai‘i and across the country. 

More on Advocating for Education

May 26, 2017 Press Release

Kihei, HI—Tonight in South Maui, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) delivered keynote remarks at Kihei Charter High School's 16th Commencement Ceremony to recognize their largest graduating class since its founding in 2001. More than 600 guests attended tonight's event to celebrate the fifty-one graduates at the Maui Nui Golf Club in the Maui Research and Tech Park.

May 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today warned that the Trump Administration's 2018 Budget Blueprint puts the health and safety of the most vulnerable in our country at risk with massive cuts to government programs that spur economic growth and provide critical services. The budget slashes $1.4 trillion from programs families in Hawaiʻi and across the country depend on, including:

May 13, 2017 Press Release

Honolulu, HI—At the Hawai‘i State Capitol this morning, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) hosted an awards ceremony in coordination with the Hawai‘i Art Education Association and Youth Art Month, where she announced the winning pieces (shown below) of the 2017 Kaha Ki‘i Second Congressional District Art Competition and honored the high school artists who created them with cash prizes.  The first-place, second-place, third-place, and “People’s Choice” pieces of art will be showcased at the U.S. Capitol, in Rep.

May 3, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the statement below after voting to pass a bipartisan funding bill to keep the government open through September 2017:

April 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC—In a speech on the House floor today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) spoke out strongly against the FCC’s recent announcement of plans to unravel net neutrality:

Video of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s speech on the House floor is available here

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