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.
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Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced the bipartisan Student Apprenticeship Act, a bill that would close the gap between higher education and labor by modernizing workforce training and catalyzing the growth of registered apprenticeships nationwide. This bill is a companion to Sen. Michael Bennet’s (D-CO) Student Apprenticeship Act.
Danielle Polk used to work up to 13 hours per day, seven days a week, as a bank teller and a McDonald’s floor supervisor. She dreamed of finishing college, but thought she couldn’t afford to step away from the workforce to do it. “I was worried about the cost,” Polk, who’s now 22, recalls. “I was also worried about not having the time to actually attend.”
Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Peter Welch (D-VT), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) introduced a bipartisan bill, the Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act, to require the Bureau of Economic Analysis to conduct a study of the effects of broadband deployment and adoption on the U.S. economy. The legislation empowers policymakers to make more informed decisions about broadband, connecting underserved communities and keeping America competitive in a digital world.
IN THE FIRST major strike since the U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow to public-sector unions last June, more than 30,000 Los Angeles public school teachers took to the rainy streets Monday to launch the LA teachers union’s first labor stoppage in 30 years. It’s the seventh major teacher protest over the last year, but unlike their counterparts in Arizona, Oklahoma, and West Virginia, the Los Angeles teachers are not striking against austere Republican state legislatures.
Los Angeles public school teachers went on strike on Monday after 20 months of failed negotiations for higher pay, greater school funding and more support staff.
U.S. Congressman Ro Khanna, of California’s 17th Congressional District will meet with WVU Tech and WVU representatives on Beckley’s campus Monday to discuss STEM education and industry in the state.
Tech officials reported Khanna will be visiting alongside representatives from high-tech manufacturing, healthcare, information technology and data analysis companies to discuss how the WVU system is encouraging the growth of STEM fields in the state.
Mission College will cut the ribbon on its new building Wednesday with the help of Rep. Ro Khanna, who’ll speak at the opening ceremony for the Student Engagement Center on the Santa Clara campus. The first-term Democrat has been an advocate for affordable college education, as well as programs that get more underserved groups and women into STEM fields.
Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna, D-California, joined Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, met student leaders and advocates Oct. 27, to seek new ways to tackle what they contend is the poor handling of reporting sexual assault cases on college campuses nationwide.
Maloney and Khanna are working on a bill to better track sexual assaults on college campuses through a standardized, national survey, and the meeting also discussed Title IX protections for student victims.
Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) issued the following statement in response to news reports that the Justice Department will prohibit affirmative action in the college admissions process.
CHICAGO, Ill. – On Friday, June 9th, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) addressed the 2017 graduating class of his alma mater, the University of Chicago. Speaking before the students of the undergraduate college, he reflected on his time in school and the challenges of the current political climate.