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. 


More on Education

September 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressmen Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) today introduced the Supporting Providers of English Language Learning (SPELL) Act. The legislation aims to address the English learner (EL) teacher shortage by making highly-qualified EL teachers eligible for up to $17,500 in student loan forgiveness.


August 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) joined by Representatives Dan Kildee (MI-05), Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) and Steven Horsford (NV-04).

May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on the official inauguration of Félix V. Matos Rodríguez as the eighth chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY) and the first minority chancellor in the institution’s 172-year history.


“It is my distinct pleasure to congratulate Félix V. Matos Rodríguez on his new role as the eighth chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY),” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).


February 21, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – This week, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) provided an overview of his legislative priorities, agenda for the 116th Congress, and record accomplishments on behalf of New York’s 13th congressional district during this year’s State of the District event held on Tuesday evening at the Our Children’s Foundation, Inc. This year marked Rep. Espaillat’s third annual State of the District address since he was sworn into Congress in 2017.

December 4, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y.Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) is pleased to announce a joint collaboration with the State University of New York (SUNY), the City University of New York (CUNY), the Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic (MINERD), the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of the Dominican Republic (MESCYT) and the New York State Education Department, which will be finalized during a signing of the Memorandum of Understanding at 4:00 p.m.

July 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on the Aim Higher Act, introduced today by Democrat members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce as a comprehensive effort to push for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

June 7, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos requesting a meeting following last month’s exchange regarding undocumented students at schools around the nation.

June 5, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Espaillat will be joined by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and special guest, NYC Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will host his 2018 Education Summit in collaboration with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and special guest, New York City Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, on Monday, June 11th ​at 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the George Washington Education Campus located at 549 Audubon Avenue.