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

Apr 10, 2018 In The News

NOBLESVILLE — School administrators from Anderson, Zionsville and Noblesville met with U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks to discuss school safety when it comes to dealing with mental health issues.

Law enforcement officials were also there Monday for the discussion.

Much of the discussion centered on people with mental health issues and the use of social media to provide warnings of potential dangers to students.

Tim Smith, interim superintendent of Anderson Community Schools, said it was good to see that all the school systems are dealing with the same issues.

Apr 5, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) thinks schools across America could benefit from certified school safety specialists, which her home state of Indiana trains and certifies to keep public schools safe.

During an April 3 roundtable discussion in Indianapolis that concentrated on a mutual pledge to maintain school safety, Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick emphasized the ongoing importance of the IDOE’s state-mandated School Safety Specialist Academy for Rep. Brooks.

Apr 5, 2018 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS --  Indiana students could gain more access to mental-health counseling at school.

The just-passed federal spending bill includes two-billion dollars in grants for school safety programs, including mental health assistance. Indiana will be applying for money to address what state school superintendent Jennifer McCormick says is a growing issue in schools across the state. She says having mental-health teams on campus could help prevent not only violence directed at other students, but suicides.

Apr 5, 2018 In The News

Keeping your children safe in school was the name of the game Tuesday when some of Indiana’s top educators gathered together in one room.

They were there to talk school safety and security.

Ideas and topics tossed around came on the heels of tragic school shootings in the United States. Indiana education leaders tried to hash out tangible solutions.

Apr 4, 2018 In The News

Indianapolis, IN - INDIANAPOLIS- Keeping your children safe in school. That was the name of the game Tuesday, when some of Indiana's top educators gathered together in one room. They were there to talk school safety and security.

Ideas and topics tossed around today come on the heels of tragic school shootings in the United States.

Apr 3, 2018 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Keeping your children safe in school was the name of the game Tuesday when some of Indiana’s top educators gathered together in one room.

They were there to talk school safety and security.

Ideas and topics tossed around came on the heels of tragic school shootings in the United States. Indiana education leaders tried to hash out tangible solutions.

Apr 3, 2018 In The News

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana students could gain more access to mental-health counseling at school.

The just-passed federal spending bill includes two-billion dollars in grants for school safety programs, including mental health assistance. Indiana will be applying for money to address what state school superintendent Jennifer McCormick says is a growing issue in schools across the state. She says having mental-health teams on campus could help prevent not only violence directed at other students, but suicides.

Apr 3, 2018 In The News

1-1:30PM Congresswoman Susan Brooks on Community Connection.

1:30-2PM Congressman Andre Carson on Community Connection!

He serves the 7th Congressional District of INDIANA.

We are speaking about Martin Luther King Jr. An event will be taking place tomorrow:

APRIL 4, 2018 AT 10:30 A.M.

Still We Reach: Community Reflection & Conversation

Landmark for Peace Memorial

1702 N. Broadway St.

Apr 3, 2018 In The News

(Indiana Statehouse Newsroom) - Keeping your children safe in school. That was the name of the game Tuesday, when some of Indiana's top educators gathered together in one room. They were there to talk school safety and security.

Ideas and topics tossed around today come on the heels of tragic school shootings in the United States.

As Indiana lawmakers decide what to do, education leaders met to hash out real, tangible solutions.

Dr. Jennifer McCormick, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction said