Congressmember Adriano Espaillat is thrilled and honored to serve on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. In addition to sitting on the full committee, Congressmember Espaillat is a member of the Subcommittees on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), as well as Higher Education and Workforce Development.
A well-educated population is essential to our country's continued prosperity. Understanding the important role that education plays, Congressmember Espaillat is committed to ensuring that our students have the tools and resources necessary to excel in the classroom. Our students are entitled to a high-quality education and the federal government has an obligation to guarantee they are receiving the best education available. Not only does this mean ensuring that states properly implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for the benefit of our children, but it also means increased investment in our public schools systems locally and across the country.
Congressmember Espaillat is a strong advocate for increased commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. He understands the critical role these programs play in better preparing students for an ever-evolving job market. Further, Congressmember Espaillat recognizes the importance of continuing to support Career Technical Education programs as a means for increasing quality technical education across our country. In his role on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressmember Espaillat will work hard to ensure that these important programs are implemented to ensure equity in our educational system for all students.
As more and more jobs require advanced degrees, federal investment in higher education could not be more important. The benefits that our country receives from investments in higher education span far beyond the individuals attending college. The knowledge, skill-sets, and abilities that are developed across the academic spectrum, whether in medical research or linguistics, law or chemistry, education or architecture, play a crucial role in the advancement of our nation. As a result, Congressmember Espaillat is committed to decreasing the overwhelming financial burden that higher education can place on the backs of students. He will work to ensure that financial aid and assistance programs are protected and reinforced, so that students from all walks of life have the opportunity to attend college.