Congressman Lowenthal addressing students at Orange Coast College in 2013.
"The pursuit of knowledge and education is our greatest hope in maintaining a healthy democracy, ensuring economic competitiveness, and spurring innovation."
As our nation continues on a path to economic recovery, we must rededicate our support of our educational system and provide our students with the best possible resources they need to succeed and to contribute to our society. Investments in higher education, with an emphasis on student financial support, innovative teaching strategies, and the research and development of new technologies, should remain a legislative priority.
A strong K-12 education is our children’s roadway to prosperity. Through continued investment in our K-12 teachers and students, we will be successful in forging a system that focuses on providing every American student with a high-quality education – one that includes more resources and high academic standards to increase student success.
In the 113th Congress, I became an original cosponsor of H.R.2592, the STEM Innovation Networks Act, which would authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants for the establishment of State Networks on STEM education. I also introduced a legislative amendment to direct an additional $5 million to the STARBASE Youth Program, which provides instruction for 5th grade underrepresented and low-income students in STEM education. The amendment would directly help a brand new STARBASE Youth Program Facility under construction at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB).
In the California State Senate, I was proud to be a champion for higher education, especially for California’s Community College system – the educational foundation for highly trained professionals including nurses, firefighters, police officers, and professionals in the high-tech industry.
An important bill for our students, H.R.1911, was voted on in the 113th Congress. This bill prevented the interest rate on student loans from doubling on July 1, 2013. I am proud to have voted in favor of this bill; and, thankfully, it passed the House and Senate and was signed into law by the President.
As a professor of Community Psychology for over thirty years, my passion remains in education. I understand the socio-economic and political implications of providing our students the tools they need to succeed; and, as a member of Congress, I intend to focus on improving the access to these tools.
For more information concerning my work and views on education, please contact me.