Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

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Education

Education is the foundation for opportunity and a better life. I was able to go to college with the help of student loans and a federal work-study program, when the cost of college was much lower than it is today. I believe all students deserve a quality, affordable education, which is why I have prioritized making college more affordable by easing the financial burden of student loan debt. We also need to expand technical training and strengthen STEM education to meet the demands of a 21st-century workforce. And we can’t do this without improving early childhood education, increasing access for military and veterans, supporting teachers, and creating dynamic and safe schools.

 

Scott's Education Plan

Expanding Opportunity and Driving Economic Growth

 

  • Make College Affordable Again ~ Allow students to refinance student loans at lower rates; incentivize employers to partner with recent college graduates to help pay off their loans faster and close the skills gap; increase access to college counseling and financial advising; require schools to present students with a multiyear tuition schedule to help students and families; simplify federal financial aid forms; expand flexibility and restore access to year round Pell Grants; modernize college savings plans; keep rises in college tuition in check; provide students, especially low income and first-generation students, the resources to increase rates of college completion
  • Prepare students in STEM & STEAM fields ~ Encourage growth of public-private partnerships to increase STEM opportunities for students; increase the number of women and minorities in STEM fields; make computer science a core academic subject; increase opportunities for students to learn coding and engineering; promote San Diego’s innovative classrooms and expand student and teacher access to internet and technology in the classroom; encourage innovation by adding art and design into programs that target STEM fields
  • Invest in Quality Early Childhood Education ~ Expand and increase accountability in Pre-K and Head Start programs; measure the return of investing in early childhood education in federal policy; utilize research findings to update and streamline Head Start Performance Standards to lessen the burden on grantee programs; ensure children have the nutrition to optimize learning
  • Ensure Quality Education for Military Connected Students and Veterans ~ Fully fund Impact Aid for San Diego’s and Coronado’s military connected schools; report on the achievement of military connected students; increase access to accurate data about schools and hold schools accountable for violations and poor performance; allow individuals to use benefits to pay for college application fees; provide in-state tuition to veterans on the GI Bill; promote San Diego’s effective student veteran resource centers
  • Enable Homeless and Foster Youth to Succeed ~ Require states to use existing data to track the academic progress of homeless and foster children to identify achievement gaps and increase transparency and accountability; promote San Diego’s exceptional comprehensive schools that serve homeless children; prevent mistreatment of minority homeless youth; ensure eligible foster children are able to receive deserved GI benefits; ease the burden for foster and homeless youth to pursue higher education
  • Attract and Retain the Highest Quality Teachers ~ Fully fund Title I and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to ensure teachers and students have the resources they need; provide student loan relief to teachers; require high teaching standards;  support teachers’ professional development in STEM fields, digital learning, and writing; incentivize those with STEM degrees to become teachers
  • Foster Safe and Inclusive Schools ~ Ensure students are safe at school; guarantee schools have effective anti-bullying policies that foster inclusive environments; promote mental health and decrease stigma of mental illness; provide student access to comprehensive health education; facilitate schools to make investments in sustainable facilities 

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More on Education

May 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the House approved the bipartisan Suicide and Threat Assessment Nationally Dedicated to Universal Prevention (STANDUP) Act introduced by Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) to encourage schools to implement suicide prevention training for students.

Apr 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement after President Biden  addressed Congress and the nation in a speech about the Administration’s first 100 days in office and the president’s vision moving forward:

Mar 18, 2021 In The News

Rep. Scott Peters announced Wednesday that over $340 million in federal grants will be available for San Diego Unified and millions of dollars for other schools that are reopening in his district.

The money comes from the American Rescue Plan Act that Congressional Democrats passed last week.

Mar 17, 2021 Press Release

SAN DIEGO—Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) announced grants that will be made available to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. These funds were approved as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that Rep. Peters helped pass last week.

Below is a list of the estimated funds each educational agency in the 52nd congressional district is anticipated to receive:

Feb 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) voted to pass the House version of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, advancing the COVID-19 relief package another step in the budget reconciliation process.

Feb 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) re-introduced the bipartisan Suicide and Threat Assessment Nationally Dedicated to Universal Prevention (STANDUP) Act to encourage schools to implement evidence-based suicide prevention training for students in grades 6 through 12.

Oct 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) joined his House colleagues to pass an updated, short-duration version of the Heroes Act that addresses the critical needs of the American people and reflects continued negotiations between Democrats and Republicans.

Sep 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) joined his colleagues of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to amend and pass 38 wide-ranging bills, including Rep. Peters’ and Rep.

Sep 1, 2020 Page

Bills Introduced that have Become Law


 

H.R. 1043, Employer Participation in Repayment Act:

Jul 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) helped the House pass a second federal spending package to fund integral programs and projects for Fiscal Year 2021. The package of six bills covers our nation’s defense; commerce, justice and science; energy and water development; financial services and general government; labor, education and health and human services; and transportation, housing and urban development. Each contains significant wins for the San Diego region.