Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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In today’s knowledge-based economy, it is more important than ever to ensure our education system aligns with the demands of the 21st century workforce. I will work to create an educational system that emphasizes high standards, accountability for results, local control, transparency and parental choice. In addition, I am a founding member and co-chair of the School Safety Caucus, focused on ensuring the safety of our kids while they are at school.

In Congress, I have also been a strong advocate for computer science and STEM education to begin earlier in our nation’s classrooms. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization, S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law in 2015 with my support, included provisions for which I advocated to support and enhance computer science education in our nation’s schools.

It is critical that our educational system also provide training and education for displaced workers and others seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce. A trained workforce with skills to match the needs of business means higher employment and a stronger economy. This is why I’m proud to have worked to pass the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act. The SKILLS Act reduces wasteful bureaucracy and empowers individuals by streamlining government services to ensure more dollars are actually spent on workforce training.

I will continue to work to improve the job-training programs in place and make sure federal funds are spent truly training Hoosiers for the jobs that exist.

To read an op-ed I co-authored with Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) about the importance of safety in our schools, click here.

To watch a speech I gave at the Innovation Initiative Forum in 2016 about the importance of preparing students of all ages for the jobs of tomorrow, click here.

More on Education

Nov 22, 2019 In The News

On Friday, Congresswoman Susan Brooks presented a Congressional Record to Saint Maria Goretti School in Westfield for being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School.

The Congressional Record is the official record of Congress – including all proceedings, debates, votes and remarks made on the House floor.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Nov 4, 2019 In The News

Last week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee advanced the Keeping Girls in School Act (H.R.

Oct 21, 2019 In The News

SEATTLE, Washington — Access to education is incredibly important to a person’s life since. With education, people are able to thrive economically, broaden their horizons and open up new opportunities that they may not otherwise have. Not everyone receives this opportunity though. Around the globe, girls are held back from obtaining an education that would allow them to progress or have the same opportunities as their male counterparts. Due to the disadvantage girls suffer in some countries, the United States has proposed the Keeping Girls in School Act.

Oct 18, 2019 In The News

Eastbrook High School was recently named the best school in the Marion Metro Area for 2019 by U.S. News and World Report.

While all the school corporations in Grant County have a graduation rate of 95 percent or higher, Eastbrook had the best overall score in the rankings at 85.9 out of 100, factoring in things like test performance and college preparedness.

The school also ranks 37th in the state out of 421 high schools and 2,432nd out of more than 17,000 schools in the nation, according to the publication’s rankings.

Oct 16, 2019 In The News

A group of US politicians is committed to working across the aisle to end extreme poverty, by supporting a new bill to invest in girls’ education. This is in response to over 30,000 actions by Global Citizens since April this year.

Oct 8, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) on Oct. 4 introduced a bipartisan bill to support low-income students in completing their college education.

“I am proud to lead this bipartisan legislation because with this bill, we can help improve graduation rates and reduce the increasing amount of student debt in our country,” said Rep. Brooks last week.

Oct 5, 2019 In The News

On Friday, Representatives Susan W. Brooks (Ind.-05) and Derek Kilmer (Wash.-06) introduced the Pell Plus Act of 2019, new legislation to promote college completion by establishing partnerships between colleges and universities to provide a Pell Grant bonus to low-income students in their third and fourth years on a path to on-time graduation.

Oct 4, 2019 News Releases

Carmel, IN – Today, Representatives Susan W. Brooks (IN-05) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) introduced the Pell Plus Act of 2019, new legislation to promote college completion by establishing partnerships between colleges and universities to provide a Pell Grant bonus to low-income students in their third and fourth years on a path to on-time graduation.

Sep 29, 2019 In The News

Students, staff, faculty and alumni gathered Saturday at the IU Auditorium to celebrate the achievements of the last 200 years and look ahead at what the next century will bring for IU. 

The first speaker at the IU Bicentennial Ceremony was Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. Crouch introduced the event, gave her congratulations to IU and introduced IU’s Jacobs School of Music philharmonic orchestra. 

Sep 19, 2019 News Releases

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswomen Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA01) introduced bipartisan legislation to help college students save money on textbooks by encouraging the use of low-cost or free digital course materials in higher education. The bill was introduced with Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA).