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Congressman John Conyers

Representing the 13th District of Michigan

Education and Student Loans

I fiercely believe that there is no better way to improve our society than through investments in education.   Improvements in education pay quick and large dividends; failure in education loads debt onto ourselves and the next generation through lost opportunity and wasted potential.

As Detroiters, we need to support programs that will help our schools once again graduate students, on time, who are ready to go on to college or learn a trade.  That is why my educational priority in Congress is to create cost-effective and high-quality instruction for K-12 students, students learning a vocation, and those who go onto college and beyond.

Our education needs to begin early to ensure every child starts the race of life from the same line.  We need to have heavy investments that keep students performing at grade level throughout their education, and that responds to a child’s falling behind with overwhelming support and access to remedial programs.  That should continue throughout school—we should never accept a minimal education in the place of a proper education.

After our children graduate from high school, they should be prepared to either work or continue their education.  That means that every child should have a chance to take practical courses and begin a vocational track while they are in school.  The opportunities available to trained tradesmen are often better than those positions available to recent graduates with a baccalaureate degree. 

Those who go onto college should not be saddled for life with unpayable debts.  America needs to do a better job of creating a talented workforce for the future, and we cannot do that when the cost of gaining those tools discourages some of our most talented young leaders.

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More on Education and Student Loans

February 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman John Conyers, Jr (MI-14) today released the following statement:

“Last night, the Department of Education published a press release with a quote from Secretary of Education Betsy Devos that is shocking and insulting. In her statement, Mrs. Devos says that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were “started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal access to education,” and that therefore they are “real pioneers when it comes to school choice.”

June 7, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) unveiled new data from the 2013-2014 school year showing gaps that remain in educational equity and opportunity for students. Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) released the following statement on the release of the new data by OCR:

May 17, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C.Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) and  Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) unveiled the findings of a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on actions needed to reduce racial and socioeconomic segregation, and address disparities in K-12 public schools. Ranking Members Conyers and Scott, along with retired Congressman and former Ranking Member George Miller, first requested this report in May 2014.

February 9, 2016 Press Release
"Our educators and our children are subjected to learning in schools that are unsafe, unsanitary and unacceptable. It is reprehensible to turn away free resources meant to help us solve these problems."
November 16, 2015 Press Release
Designed to promote innovation and engagement in the STEM education fields, the U.S. House of Representatives established this competition in 2013 as a nationwide event that invites high school students from all participating congressional districts to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.
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Congressional App Challenge

This year marks the 2nd Annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the “Congressional App Challenge.” The competition will run from Monday, November 16, to January 15, 2016. You can sign up here

December 4, 2014 Press Release

DETROIT—Today, President Obama announced the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, an effort to spur cities, counties, suburbs, rural municipalities, and tribal nations to implement an integrated cradle-to-college and career strategy aimed at improving life outcomes for young people, with special emphasis on boys and young men of color. The new Community Challenge is a key component of the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which was announced in February and leverages public, private, and nonprofit resources to improve literacy, educational and career opportunities for youth.