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effective teachers, eliminating duplicative programs, and reforming the Elementary and Secondary Education Act’s (ESEA) outdated accountability system.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

Nov 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) received commitment from U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta to work directly with the Congressional Job Corp Caucus, which Barletta co-chairs, to protect and improve this important program.  Barletta questioned Secretary Acosta during a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing entitled “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S.

Nov 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11), Republican Co-Chair of the Job Corps Caucus, claimed victory in his fight to protect the Job Corps program from impending cuts by the Department of Labor (DOL). This week Barletta, along with Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr.

Sep 20, 2017 Press Release

HAZLETON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced the formation of the Congressional Afterschool Caucus, of which he will serve as the Republican Co-Chair.  The caucus brings together a group of bipartisan lawmakers to support afterschool programs and advocate for sufficient resources to promote quality educational programming in Pennsylvania and across the country.

Jul 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – During today’s House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing exploring state and local implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) highlighted how afterschool programs, like the SHINE afterschool program in northeast Pennsylvania, are contributing to student success, and questioned how state ESSA plans can incorporate afterschool opportunities.  Barletta successfully restored funding for afterschool programs in ESSA.

Jun 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted for, and the House unanimously passed, bipartisan legislation to help prepare Americans to enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs.  The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, H.R. 2353, strengthens and reauthorizes the Carl D.

Jun 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today highlighted the success of the Keystone Job Corps Center in Drums, Pennsylvania during a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing, “Student Safety in the Job Corps Program,” about improving safety and security at Job Corps centers across the nation.  Barletta, the Republican Chairman of the Job Corps Caucus, said that the Keystone Center’s partnerships with local organizations and businesses have helped to foster a safe and secure environment while benefitting both students and the community.

Jun 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today reintroduced his legislation to provide healthy and nutritious meals to students.  The School Food Modernization Act would help local schools replace outdated kitchen equipment and improve infrastructure.  The legislation is bipartisan, with Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) serving as the lead co-sponsor, and Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson (R-PA) is also a co-sponsor.

Jun 20, 2017 Press Release

Rep. Barletta and his dog, Reilly, visiting with students from the SHINE afterschool program.

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.