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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U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) recently joined his colleagues to pass the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act, legislation that ensures that students borrowing federal loans have the information they need to manage their student loan debt. Peters also recently returned from travel with a congressional delegation to Guyana, Suriname, Honduras, and Brazil, where he met with officials to discuss climate change, immigration, and national defense.
This week, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) joined his colleagues to pass the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act, legislation that ensures that students borrowing federal loans have the information they need to manage their student loan debt. Under this legislation, students would receive entrance counseling before they take out a loan, and annual counseling until the student’s graduation.
WASHINGTON, DC– Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) issued the following statement after it was reported that the Department of Education was considering allowing school districts to use federal funds to buy teachers guns:
Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) voted for the STOP School Violence Act, which reauthorizes the Secure Our Schools grant program to provide training for school personnel on preventing violence and technical assistance to develop threat assessment and procedures to anonymously report emergencies.
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) boosted his plan to reduce the burden of student loan debt at the eighth annual South by Southwest (SXSW) EDU conference, which brings together innovative stakeholders to discuss the future of education. Rep. Peters spoke on the first panel, “From DC to Memphis: Solving the #StudentDebtCrisis,” about his work to help recent graduates pay down their debt.
This week, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass a series of bills that would enhance the development of energy technologies by investing in Department of Energy (DOE) research, modernizing DOE infrastructure, and expanding STEM education programs.
Rep. Peters released the following statement:
SAN DIEGO – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) announced new benefits available to San Diego veterans through the “Forever G.I. Bill,” a sweeping reform of veterans’ education benefits passed by Congress and awaiting the President’s signature. The bipartisan bill includes legislation written by Rep. Peters to give all eligible Purple Heart recipients the full education benefits they earned, regardless of how long they served.
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced the Federal Student Loan Refinancing Act to reduce the burden of student loan debt on college graduates and their families and grow the economy. The bill would direct the Secretary of Education to lower interest rates on all federal student loans to 4%.
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced the bipartisan Building Opportunity for Student Startups, or “BOSS” Act, to better understand the role that incubators and accelerators at universities play in encouraging entrepreneurship, commercializing federally-funded research, and growing regional economies.