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 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.”
Oct 17, 2013
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos 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 2014.
Sep 27, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced a $325,000 Arts in Education Development and Dissemination Grant for the Rockford Public Schools.
Sep 16, 2013
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, visited the Head Start in the Floreciente neighborhood in Moline on Monday to learn about the impact of sequestration. She's a big supporter of Head Start, which she said prepares children for school and also helps parents access a range of health and educational services.
Aug 20, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced a $2,071,356 grant for Head Start programs in Knox, Warren and Henderson Counties. The grant is awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will go to West Central Community Services, Inc.
Jul 31, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted for a bipartisan compromise that will help keep college more affordable for Illinois families by keeping student loan interest rates low.
Jun 13, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) continued her push to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st by signing a “discharge petition” that would force House leadership to bring her bill to keep student loan interest rates low to the House floor for a vote.
Jun 5, 2013
As the mother to three sons, I know firsthand just how important a quality and affordable education is to ensuring the success of the next generation. Like parents across Illinois, my husband and I worked hard to provide for our children so they could have access to a higher education, find a secure job and begin to build their own middle class lives.