Creating Opportunities Through Education

As a proud graduate of Dubuque Public Schools, Congresswoman Finkenauer knows the importance of investing in our education system to prepare the next generation of Iowans for a bright future in our state. She is committed to ensuring that every Iowan has access to a quality public education that will prepare them for life after high school graduation—regardless of whether they will be attending a four-year college, completing career and technical education, or entering the workforce directly. This includes supporting career and technical education and college preparation programs like TRIO as well as pipelines to high-quality apprenticeships.

Preparing our students begins with a strong foundation, which is why Congresswoman Finkenauer supports early childhood development programs like Head Start and Ready to Learn. She also understands America’s ability to succeed in the 21st century depends on our teachers and believes that we should treat them with the respect they deserve. Schools should have the resources they need which is why Congresswoman Finkenauer supports increasing teacher pay, ensuring collective bargaining rights, and investing in our school infrastructure to ensure students have safe and healthy facilities and high-speed internet.

Congresswoman Finkenauer knows not everyone is going to go to a four-year college – and believes you should not need to in order to build a good life and raise a family in Iowa. She strongly supports our high quality community colleges and technical training programs, which not only help students jumpstart their careers, but also provide opportunities for experienced workers to gain new skills. Congresswoman Finkenauer wants to improve the affordability of higher education by expanding federal Pell Grants and reforming the student loan system which has worked against borrowers for too long.

More on Creating Opportunities Through Education

August 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) on Monday announced TRIO Student Support Services grants totaling $2.2 million for six colleges and universities in Iowa’s First District.  

August 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced that the Hiawatha-based Hawkeye Community Action Program will receive a grant totaling $539,476 for their Head Start program from the U.S.

December 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced Hawkeye Area

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Reps. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) and Mike Bost (R-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to combat inadequate funding and teacher shortages in rural schools. The Rural Education Investment Act requires the Secretary of Education to determine the percentage of K-12 students living in rural areas and ensures it is equal to the percentage of Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant dollars going to schools in rural areas. The TQP Grant Program allows teachers to be placed in a full-time classroom clinical practice while completing Master’s-level coursework.

November 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) will receive a $1,718,924 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. MICA primarily serves families in Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek, Story, and Tama counties.

September 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-IA-01), Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL-24), Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1), and Congressman David B. McKinley P.E. (R-WV-1) announced introduction of the RETAIN Teachers Act, or the Reducing Extra Teaching Authentication Impacting New Teachers Act. The bill would help attract teachers and keep them in the classroom by streamlining burdensome paperwork requirements for programs designed to help teachers finance their education and repay student loans.