Education

I firmly believe that education is the incubator of American innovation, prosperity, and economic equality. I have consistently advocated for programs such as Title I, Head Start, migrant education, and tutoring and mentoring for first-year college students.

 

Americans hold $1.6 trillion in student debt. I’m one of them.  I am a cosponsor of the College Affordability Act, a comprehensive overhaul of higher education that lowers the cost of college, improves the quality of higher education, and expands opportunity for students from all backgrounds.

I also cosponsored the Basic Assistance for Students In College (BASIC) Act, legislation to ensure that college students—particularly those receiving Pell Grants or attending a community college or minority-serving institution—are able to afford basic, day-to-day necessities.

I will continue to support year-round Pell, streamlined student loan repayment processes, and student loan forgiveness for public service. 

 

Understanding the significant challenges servicemembers face when they transition out of the military, I introduced legislation to help establish Veterans Resource Centers at public institutions of higher education. I want to ensure our veterans feel empowered and confident when they are trying to advance their careers through education, and these Veterans Resource Centers will be another booster for veterans.  These centers will offer veterans a place to share ideas and advice, as well as professionally and personally network to lay a powerful foundation for their civilian careers.

Additionally, I am working closely with a number of Members from House Veterans Affairs and Armed Services Committees to better service our men and women in uniform. Through accurate and actionable legislative work we can reduce the barriers to our military members from progressing in their higher education.

 

For more information concerning my work and views related to Education, please contact our office.

 

More on Education

September 23, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced the distribution of over $1 million in federal government grants for CSU Monterey Bay.  The University was awarded $1,306,400 grant funding under the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP Partnership) Program.  This grant program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

September 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced the distribution of over $1 million in federal government grants for UC Santa Cruz research programs.  The University was awarded a $736,839 grant for human genome research in addition to a $308,000 grant to improve its Xena program on cancer genomics research.

August 14, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced $7,157,290.00 in federal grant funding through the Student Support Services (SSS) Program for California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Hartnell College, and Monterey Peninsula College (MPC).

August 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) joined with Reps. Katherine Clark (MA-05), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Richard Neal (MA-01), Danny K. Davis (IL-07), Marcia L.

July 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) supported passage of the National Museum of the American Latino Act, H.R. 2420, of which he is a cosponsor.  The bill will establish a Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino on the National Mall dedicated to honoring the contributions of Latinos to the United States.  The legislation will now go to the Senate for consideration.

July 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02), Congressman David B. McKinley (WV-01), Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Congressman Dean Phillips (MN-03) and Congresswoman Angie Craig (MN-02) led their fellow members of Congress in urging House leadership to include strong funding in the next COVID-19 relief package for the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) to help our schools properly support students with disabilities.   

July 9, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) led 136 members of Congress in calling on the administration to reverse its decision to strip international college students of their U.S. visas if their coursework was entirely online.  The letter is co-led by Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38), Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee Chairwoman Susan A.

May 23, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA –  Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced the winners of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition.

May 1, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) joined 87 of his colleagues in sending a letter to the Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos opposing the Administration’s decision to block Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), and undocumented students from eligibility for the $6.3 billion emergency assistance for students included in the CARES Act.

April 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley), Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), and Congressman Josh Harder (CA-10) introduced the Emergency Ensuring Access to SNAP (EATS) Act to ensure college students would not be rendered ineligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on the basis of their student status during this national emergency.