Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Education

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

Oct 15, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) introduced a new bipartisan proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives that would support the empowerment, economic security and educational opportunities for adolescent girls around the world.

Oct 11, 2018 In The News

In their travels around the world, Reps. Lois Frankel and Susan W. Brooks have seen firsthand the challenges girls face when it comes to getting an education.

Aug 30, 2018 In The News

Parent education, distributing correct information during a crisis, mental health and school safety were among the topics U.S. Rep. Susan W. Brooks addressed during a School Safety Listening Session Aug. 24 at Noblesville City Hall. The event attracted school and public safety officials from Noblesville, Westfield, Carmel, Sheridan, Zionsville, Hamilton Heights, Alexandria and other local communities.

Aug 25, 2018 In The News

NOBLESVILLE — School and first responders from around Central Indiana learned firsthand how Noblesville Community Schools dealt with an active shooter situation last May during a roundtable hosted by U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks.

Brooks, R-5th District, is co-chair of the Congressional School Safety Caucus, and the Friday meeting was the second this year to focus on school safety at the Noblesville City Hall.

Aug 25, 2018 In The News

NOBLESVILLE — School and first responders from around Central Indiana learned firsthand how Noblesville Community Schools dealt with an active shooter situation last May during a roundtable hosted by U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks.

Brooks, R-5th District, is co-chair of the Congressional School Safety Caucus, and the Friday meeting was the second this year to focus on school safety at the Noblesville City Hall.

Aug 24, 2018 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - On Friday, a group of school superintendents and their safety officers met with an Indiana Congresswoman who is focused on school safety.

The group met in April before a student brought a gun to school and shot a student and teacher at Noblesville West Middle School.

It's part of Congresswoman Susan Brooks' focus on school safety.

She started a school safety caucus to come up with ways to protect students saying that should be their number one priority.

Aug 24, 2018 In The News

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Children across Indiana are back in school, and security is top of mind.

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., had a school safety roundtable Friday with leaders in Noblesville.

Brooks said, "We must make school safety a top priority in our communities."

She said the listening session with school and community leaders allowed her to hear some concerns about school security. She said the session also was designed to be an honest conversation with leaders about what they want from federal, state and local officials.

Aug 24, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) met with superintendents and police officers Friday morning in Noblesville to discuss school safety and mental health. Noblesville West Middle School has been a focus of school safety talks since a shooting there in May.

Brooks is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional School Safety Caucus. She commented on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ possible reallocation of federal funds to allow states to purchase guns for schools.

Aug 24, 2018 In The News

Children across Indiana are back in school, and security is top of mind.

Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) had a school safety roundtable Friday with area school principals, board members, school safety specialists and law enforcement at Noblesville City Hall.

Brooks said, “We must make school safety a top priority in our communities.”

Aug 24, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) met with school superintendents and police officers Friday morning in Noblesville to discuss school safety and mental health. Noblesville West Middle School has been a focus of school safety talks since a shooting there in May.

Brooks is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional School Safety Caucus. She commented on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ possible reallocation of federal funds to allow states to purchase guns for schools.