As the father of two teachers, I recognize the vital challenges teachers face in educating today’s youth, our nation’s future.

In today’s increasingly global economy, American students need the skills necessary to succeed. This might be one of the greatest challenges in Congress; to support state and local governments in providing a quality, well-rounded education to all our nation’s students.

I believe we should focus on providing states and school districts with more flexibility in the use of federal funds, empowering parents, supporting effective teachers, eliminating duplicative programs, and reforming the Elementary and Secondary Education Act’s (ESEA) outdated accountability system.

Additionally, in these tough economic times, it is clear we need smart solutions to get our economy moving again and putting Americans back to work. I recognize that institutions of higher learning are critical to our nation’s economic recovery. They help ensure that students and workers have the tools they need to succeed in the workplace.  Therefore, I am committed to finding long-term solutions for postsecondary education; most importantly, keeping college tuition within reach for our nation’s students.

In order to grow and support institutions of higher learning, I am also committed to reducing federal overreach in higher education and promoting increased transparency to protect students and taxpayers.

More on Education

May 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted for juvenile justice reform legislation containing a change he negotiated to enable afterschool programs – like the successful SHINE (Schools and Homes in Education) program in Pennsylvania – to compete for federal grants to keep students on the right path.  The bill, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017, H.R.

May 17, 2017 Press Release

Barletta touring the Luzerne County Community College career and technical programs.

Mar 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) is proud to announce that yesterday the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network named him an Afterschool Champion.  Barletta was nominated for his exemplary commitment, dedication, and outstanding work on learning programs, most notably Schools and Homes in Education (SHINE), currently operating in Schuylkill, Carbon, and Luzerne Counties. 

Dec 28, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced the list of nominees from Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District to attend the United States service academies.  Students who expressed interest in attending a service academy were interviewed by an independent review board of community leaders and representatives of the military community, which made final recommendations.

Oct 28, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today looked back on the 114th Congress and highlighted his record of achievement in a variety of areas, including saving taxpayers more than $3 billion, combating the opioid epidemic, negotiating a new Highway Bill, protecting the steel industry, and strengthening after school programs for children.  The 114th Congress opened in January 2015 and already has concluded much of its business leading into its final session days in November and December of this year.  The 114th Congress has constituted Barletta’s third term in the U.

Sep 22, 2016 Press Release

Rep. Barletta (right) and state Sen. Yudichak read to SHINE students at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Wilkes-Barre.

Sep 14, 2016 Press Release

Rep. Barletta was presented with an Afterschool Hero cape by Mia Zamudio, a SHINE student from Jim Thorpe, PA, as part of his recognition in May by the Afterschool Alliance.

Sep 13, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today backed bipartisan legislation that reforms and strengthens Career and Technical Education (CTE) policy to help more Americans enter the workforce with the expertise they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs.  A co-sponsor of the bill, Barletta voted for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587), which improves and reauthorizes the Carl D.