Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Ensuring a World-Class Education for All Children

As the proud mother of three sons who were educated by our public schools, I know firsthand the importance of a high-quality education.  I will work to make sure our schools are well-equipped, our students are well-prepared, and our teachers have the resources they need to educate all our children for the good-paying jobs of the 21st Century. 

I will also work to cut down on the outrageous student loan debt that is being racked up by hardworking families across our region.  If education is truly one of our national priorities, then we need to work together to protect student tuition grant programs and reduce student loan costs.

We can start by:

  • Reforming No Child Left Behind to give more support to teachers and make sure accountability doesn’t simply lead to just teaching to the test.
  • Expanding Head Start and other early learning programs.
  • Reforming student loans to reduce the burden of attending college.
  • Protecting and expanding the Pell Grant program.
  • Improving vocational and job training opportunities for those who decide not to attend college.

More on Education

Aug 8, 2014

 MONMOUTH — Conceived in 2013, the interdisciplinary food security program is a relatively new incorporation to Monmouth College's tradition of splicing different areas of study together in order achieve a unified goal.

The program follows a number of different avenues in order to answer the overarching question, "Will the Midwest hold the key to solving hunger?"

Aug 5, 2014

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is co-sponsoring legislation that aims to make the university experience safer. The 17th District Congresswoman is one of about 20 representatives introducing the House version of the Campus Safety and Accountability act. 

The measure focuses on protecting students and standardizing practices regarding sexual assault on college campuses. The bill seeks to hold colleges and perpetrators accountable in a consistent way on campuses nationwide. Bustos says there’s an epidemic of sexual assault going unaddressed. 

Jul 31, 2014
A flurry of legislation filed this week aiming to address college sexual assault suggests Republican lawmakers have ignored conservative pundits' insistence there is no campus rape epidemic.
Jul 31, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and a bipartisan coalition of 18 House Members introduced the House version of the Campus Safety and Accountability Act.
Jun 9, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos applauded the President’s action to make college more affordable and reiterated her call for Congress to pass critical legislation to lower student loan interest rates and allow for the re-financing of existing student loans.
May 9, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her efforts to make college more affordable by supporting lowering student loan interest rates and allowing for the re-financing of existing student loans.
May 8, 2014
Today, during Teacher Appreciation Week, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives honoring Stew Adams, a former teacher at Rock Island High School, for being recognized by the Illinois Education Association as the 2014 Retired Teacher of the Year.
Apr 22, 2014
GALESBURG — U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, stopped by West Central Communities Inc. Head Start program Wednesday to talk about the importance of funding for childcare and educational programs.
Apr 9, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos welcomed students from Pekin High School in Tazewell County to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Mar 5, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos invited high school students from across Illinois’ 17th Congressional District to submit their original artwork for the annual Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.”