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

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.
Feb 26, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and a bipartisan coalition of House Members led by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney announced they will soon introduce the House version of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), which takes aim at sexual assaults on college and university campuses by protecting and empowering students, strengthening accountability and transparency for institutions and establishing stiff penalties for non-compliance with the legislation’s new standards for training, data and best practices.
Feb 25, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congressman Dave Loebsack and Congressman Ron Kind continued their effort to give more flexibility to students receiving Pell Grants by introducing the Access to Education and Training Act to allow Pell Grant recipients to take advantage of the grants year-round.
Jan 20, 2015
Tonight, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the following statement at the conclusion of the President’s State of the Union Address
Dec 19, 2014

SUBJ: Bustos Continues Fighting for the Right Priorities during Second Year in Office
DATE: December 19th, 2014

Sep 23, 2014
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was at Carl Sandburg College’s Center for Manufacturing Excellence to observe the preparations made ahead of Sandburg offering a locomotive engineering program through the National Academy of Railroad Science, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
Sep 11, 2014
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., has announced she is accepting applications from high school students from across Illinois’ 17th District for nominations to the United States armed services academies for the class entering in fall 2015.
Sep 4, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) announced the formation of their Middle-Class Working Group in Congress to focus on strengthening the middle class.
Aug 29, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that she is accepting applications from high school students from across Illinois’ 17th District for nominations to the United States armed services academies for the class entering in the fall of 2015.