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

Apr 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – Last night, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and several members of Illinois’ Congressional Delegation expressed disappointment and extreme concern over the impact of Governor Rauner’s budget standoff on college students and higher education in Illinois. In February, Governor Rauner vetoed a higher education bill that would have freed up state funds for higher education and scholarships to low-income students.

Jan 14, 2016

Rep. Bustos encourages manufacturers to host a student or recent graduate as an apprentice or intern in 2016 to retain talented young people in our region.


Dec 2, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted to pass the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act. This common sense legislation makes meaningful investments in Illinois schools and takes an important step toward replacing the broken No Child Left Behind Act.


Sep 9, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos thanked working families from across the 17th Congressional District for being a part of her most productive district work period to date. In all, Rep. Bustos held over 40 official events, meetings and job fairs during the August Congressional recess which ran from July 31 - September 7th.

Jul 15, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced $2,150,764 in grants to support students at Black Hawk College, Carl Sandburg College, Highland Community College, Illinois Central College, Knox College, Rock Valley College, Sauk Valley Community College and Spoon River College,.

Jul 8, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Senator Dick Durbin announced a $2,353,090 grant for Rock Island-Milan School District 41.
May 18, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos issued the following statement celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of Head Start:
Apr 3, 2015

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced her support for a bipartisan effort to make child care more affordable for working families, the Child and Dependent Care FSA Enhancement Act. This bill would increase the amount of pre-tax money that a family can put into a flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for child care.

Mar 18, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) shared the story of Annalea, a Spoon River College student, who Bustos met in Canton last week during her tour of the region’s community colleges to discuss her effort to make college more affordable and accessible. In a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Bustos discussed the importance of making smart investments in the future of our children and grandchildren.

Mar 6, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined the Diversifying Technology Caucus, a new bipartisan coalition dedicated to encouraging more women, minorities and veterans to enter Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related fields.