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

May 5, 2017 In The News

The nation’s career and technical education (CTE) programs would be modernized under bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) on Wednesday, with a goal of teaching students the skills they need to compete for tomorrow’s innovative new jobs.

The country’s emerging “maker” economy has grown as the emergence of tools like 3D printers, laser cutters, desktop machines and digital design programs that have become more affordable and available in recent years.

May 3, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C. – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Mark Takano (D-CA) and Susan Brooks (R-IN) today introduced the bipartisan 21st Century SHOP CLASS Act, legislation that would upgrade and modernize career and technical education programs in schools across the country. The 21st Century SHOP CLASS Act would define maker education and makerspaces, and amend the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to allow funding for maker education, makerspaces, and training for teachers in the application of maker education.

Apr 27, 2017 In The News

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Apr 24, 2017 News Releases

Fishers, Ind. - Today at the Fishers Municipal Complex, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) hosted her 6th Connecting Careers and Classrooms event for 50 local teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators. Connecting Careers and Classrooms ensures local educators learn about the vast array of career opportunities available to students in the Fifth District and helps teachers and school administrators better prepare our kids for these careers. Today’s Connecting Careers and Classrooms event focused on careers in public service and public safety.

Apr 21, 2017 News Releases

WHAT:                 The Congressional Art Competition is a nation-wide high school arts competition that is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Only one winner is selected from each Congressional District. The winning artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for the duration of the exhibition along with other pieces by students from around the country.

Apr 18, 2017 In The News

ANDERSON — U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks described her first visit to the Purdue Polytechnic Institute as impressive in terms of the facility and the programs being offered in Anderson.

Brooks, R-5th District, took a tour of the academic area and the Maker Space facilities that will help foster start-up companies.

“It’s a world-class education facility where students of all ages are going to have the opportunity to learn incredible skills,” she said. “They can then walk through the hallway and look for jobs with the growing companies that are here.”

Mar 29, 2017 In The News

Schools across the United States could have more federal funds to improve safety and security if the School Safety Act of 2017 is passed.

The bill is being sponsored by local U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, who represents Washington's second congressional district, which includes Marysville, Arlington and other parts of the Puget Sound.

"I'm one of the prime sponsors of the bill because I think it's a way to continue addressing school safety issues, overall," he said.

Mar 20, 2017 News Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. schools could receive additional resources to prevent mass shootings under bipartisan legislation led by Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and cosponsored by Reps. Mike Coffman (CO-06), Susan Brooks (IN-05) and Suzan DelBene (WA-01).

Mar 10, 2017 In The News

Over the last three years, the women of the Republican Main Street Partnership have traveled the country to have frank discussions about politics and policy with our female constituents. We established the Women2Women Conversations Tour to let women know that, contrary to what they may hear in the media, our political system is not broken or out-of-touch.  These discussions reminded us that all issues are women’s issues.  Recognizing and promoting this fact will result in real change for women and their families.

Dec 1, 2016 In The News

U.S. Rep Susan Brooks is well aware of how rare it is to be named a Blue Ribbon school.

So when a school in her congressional district achieves that honor, she likes to help celebrate. Carmel’s West Clay Elementary recently earned the distinction of National Blue Ribbon School for 2016, the first time it has earned the honor.