Education is the foundation for success in our democracy. I strongly believe all students should have access to a quality education, regardless of their zip code.
During my first term in Congress, I have continued to fight for Coastal Virginians. Our close connection with the military makes education funding a challenge. That is why I supported increased funding for Impact Aid to support schools with a high population of military children. Knowing firsthand that military children come with their own set of unique challenges, I called on Governor Northam to allow a military spouse on the Military Compact Commission to facilitate communication between military families and their new school setting.
I’ve also worked to expand access to broadband internet. Now more than ever it is important that all children, especially the ones most in need to have access to the internet and receive a quality education even in the midst of a pandemic.
The increasing costs of student loans have been a major concern of mine, as student debt has reached over $1.5 trillion, second only to mortgages in the consumer debt category. I have spoken with teacher unions in my district and they expressed concern over the high costs to pay for school and how that impacts their retention rates. That is why I introduced the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Improvement Act. My legislation would increase the outdated forgiveness rates from $17,500 for special education and STEM educators to $30,000. Non-science-based teachers would receive an increase as well of $15,000 from $5,000. In addition to my legislation, I supported the College Affordability Act. This legislation would reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which hasn’t been done since 2008.
I strongly believe that we need to do more for students by providing them with the resources they need to succeed, whether that’s preparing them for college or the workforce.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria voted in favor of the Strength in Diversity Act (H.R. 2639), which would authorize federal funds for grants to support voluntary local efforts to increase racial and socioeconomic diversity. Such efforts may include studying segregation, establishing public school choice zones, and recruiting new teachers to support specialized schools.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria announced she cosponsored the Impact Aid Coronavirus Relief Act (H.R. 8075). This bipartisan bill would eliminate barriers that could prevent school districts in communities with military bases from receiving appropriate Impact Aid funding.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) introduced the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Improvement Act to help teachers receive additional student loan relief. This bill would increase the amount of student loan relief that certain teachers would be eligible to receive. If signed into law, this initiative would allow highly qualified teachers, which includes those who teach math, science, and special education classes, to be eligible for up to $30,000 in loan forgiveness and other teachers to be eligible for $15,000 in student loan relief.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Congresswoman Elaine Luria signed a bipartisan letter urging Congressional Leadership to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in future COVID-19 relief packages.
HAMPTON ROADS – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) on Monday gave the keynote address at NASA Langley’s Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop, praising 250 agency staff for their work and positive impact on national security, scientific research, and the broader economy.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced that her office will host its first annual Congressional App Challenge in Virginia’s Second Congressional District.
The Congressional App Challenge is a competition for middle and high school students to develop original apps and to encourage students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), along with computer science.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of nearly $13 billion in funding she requested for important health, labor, and education priorities, including increased funding for the Head Start program and career and technical education.