I believe it is imperative in today’s global economy that we provide our children with access to education that prepares them to succeed in a world where technology evolves every day.
“Our teachers have nobly accepted the serious responsibility to educate our children and help them develop into successful, productive citizens…They’re paying for basic supplies such as paper, pencils, and scissors out of their own pockets - stepping up because they’re committed to providing students the best education possible. It’s critical that we stand alongside our teachers and demonstrate our continued commitment to their efforts.” – Dave Reichert
Dave with students from Mount Tahoma High
If America is to remain the global economic leader, we must continue investing in our children’s education. The foundation of innovation lies in a motivated, well-educated workforce equipped with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. But the United States is the leader in innovation because we also teach our children to be independent, critical thinkers — to challenge the status quo. We must continue to ensure our students graduate with strong reading, writing and analytical skills.
Improving education is one of my top priorities. During my time in Congress, I have consistently supported legislation that strengthens and provides needed resources for educational programs such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Higher Education Act, and our career and technical education programs. I am also proud to have championed efforts to reduce class sizes, combat school violence, and to have enacted legislation that supports our hard-working teachers by providing them with permanent tax relief and encouraging their continued professional development (Educator Tax Relief Act, enacted as Sec. 104 of P.L. 114-113).
It is time government lives up to the promises that are made to our children and teachers; meet the commitment to special education; ensure that every child is taught by a highly qualified teacher; engage and involve parents; continue working to reduce class sizes and limit the amount of time our kids spend taking tests; and increase school safety so that children are taught in an environment conducive to learning.
If we hope to overcome the economic and social challenges facing our country today, investment in education must remain a top priority. Quality education is crucial to the development of the individual and is clearly linked to the future security, economic and social health of our democracy. Rest assured, I will continue standing firm, working to provide our schools and teachers with the resources they need to graduate students ready to lead our country.
Congressman Reichert is actively working in the House to:
- Create Greater Opportunities for Underserved Students
- Strengthen STEM Education
- Support Career and Technical Education
- Make College More Affordable
- Support Rural and Federally Impacted Schools
- Encourage Innovation in Public Schools and Stronger Parental Engagement
- Improve School Safety
- Supporting and Rewarding the Hard Work of Our Educators
Education Caucus Membership:
Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Caucus
Congressional Community College Caucus
House Impact Aid Coalition
Congressional Arts Caucus