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Education

Education is the foundation for our country’s future and a fundamental right for all of our children. As the son of a public school teacher, I value the enormous impact that schools and teachers have.

It is vital that we continue to improve our public school system from the bottom up. I believe in expanding special education, art, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs so that students have a well-rounded education and can be competitive on the global stage. We live in a changing world and have a skill-based economy. Many companies now hire based on skills, rather than looking at formal degrees. Decoupling skills from degrees and credentialing reform are issues that I am considering in Congress.

I am championing apprenticeships in Congress and believe we need more of them in the U.S. Nations such as Switzerland and Germany successfully created robust ecosystems of apprenticeships, where most students participate at a young age, learn needed skills, and have jobs after completion. With tax credits and modernizing the application process, we should incentivize businesses to create more apprenticeships.

I also believe that we need to give every aspiring student the opportunities and resources to pursue the dream of college education. The cost of college has become exorbitant. Something is wrong when our nation’s bright young minds see college as a financial risk that comes with decades of burdensome debt, and I will fight to change that.


Click here to learn more about the bills that I introduced and cosponsored.

Read my op-ed in The Mercury News on the importance of funding public schools.

More on Education

July 21, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17), Congressional Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip and Member of the House Committee on Oversight, reintroduced the 21st Century Jobs Act, a landmark bill in his commitment to make the future of work accessible & sustainable for every American. The bill allocates $900 billion in R&D funding for emerging technologies like cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. It will also create up to three million good new jobs annually, administered by a newly created Federal Institute of Technology (FIT). 

July 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Ro Khanna (CA-14), Congressional Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip and Member of the House Committee on Oversight, announced he had secured the inclusion of $13.5 million in the House Appropriations Committee fiscal year 2022 funding bills for all ten South Bay projects he requested. 

June 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) issued the below statement following the committee passage of their bill , the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act, to bolster America’s cybersecurity capabilities and meet the heightened threats in the digital age.

June 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – On June 8, 2021, Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA), Congressional Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip and lead House sponsor of the Endless Frontier Act, released this statement following the successful passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act in the Senate:

May 12, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA), Congressional Progressive Caucus Vice Chair and lead House Sponsor of the Endless Frontier Act, released this statement following the markup and passage of the Endless Frontier Act in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:

April 21, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA), Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip and House Armed Services Member, joined Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Todd Young (R-IN), and Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI) in reintroducing the bipartisan Endless Frontier Act. The bill is a bold initiative to advance and solidify the United States’ leadership in scientific and technological innovation through increased investments in the discovery, creation, and manufacturing of technology critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.

November 2, 2020 In The News

Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna, the representative of one of the more economically muscular districts in the history of the nation, has introduced sweeping legislation — the 21st Century Jobs Package — aimed at bringing communities left out of digital and technical jobs and wealth growth, now concentrated in places like San Francisco and Austin, Texas, to rural swaths of the United States.

November 2, 2020 In The News

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont, introduced a bill aimed at expanding job opportunities in science and technology.

The 21st Century Jobs Act would allocate $900 billion over 10 years for research and development in emerging technologies, such as climate science, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence and advanced manufacturing.

It would further create a Federal Institute of Technology with 30 centers placed in locations that currently lack prominent technology facilities.

October 28, 2020 In The News

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., introduced legislation this week in the House to make a massive $900 billion investment in science and technology to expand Silicon Valley jobs to America's heartland and to ensure the United States retains its technological edge over China.

Khanna shared his vision for the legislation back in May for Fox News' Big Idea segment on how to create regional tech hubs that could spur jobs, education and innovation in rural America and minority communities throughout the United States. 

October 27, 2020 In The News

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and several other House Democrats introduced legislation on Tuesday to invest in and train a technologically proficient workforce for the future.

The 21st Century Jobs Act would invest $900 billion over ten years in research and development efforts around emerging technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity and biotechnology, along with prioritizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.