Education

Education is fundamental to upward mobility and pursuing the American Dream.  Every child must have access to a high-quality K-12 public education, college or technical education, and lifelong learning opportunities.

Federal funding is critical for programs such as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Title 1 for economically disadvantaged schools, and to ensure equal access for all students regardless of race, religion, sex, disability, or sexual orientation.  It is equally important that states and local school boards control most educational decisions to avoid over-testing our kids or unneeded bureaucracy.  

Access to high quality college, apprenticeship and other technical training for adult learners is essential in our rapidly changing economy.  Central Floridians and all Americans need to be able to develop and enhance their skills to start new careers and fill the jobs of today and tomorrow.  

Darren is fighting to ensure access to low-interest federal student loans with reasonable repayment terms and for job retraining grants to provide technical training for those needing new skills.

Darren is working with members of the Education and Workforce Committee and will file several bills to make access to student loans easier and repayment more affordable.

Selected bills on education co-sponsored by Congressman Soto:

H.R.813 - To restore access to year-round Federal Pell Grants.

More on Education

July 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Tom Suozzi (D-NY), John Rutherford (R-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), and Greg Steube (R-FL) this week introduced H.R. 7868, the Strengthening America’s Families Act (SAFA), which would use research and the science of child development to transform the child welfare system.

July 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) voted to pass the Child Care is Essential Act and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act, bills to expand the availability of quality child care, help workers return to their jobs when it is safe and enable America’s economy to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

January 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) celebrated the more than 400 bills, including more than 275 bipartisan bills still awaiting action in the GOP-controlled Senate, passed by the Democratic House Majority over the past year. 

 

August 26, 2019 Event

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As we head Back to School in Central Florida, we want to hear about the education issues affecting you and your families.

 

Join our Education Town Hall to discuss the federal resources available to improve our public education system, including:

* Accommodations for students with disabilities

* Free or reduced school lunch

June 4, 2019 In The News

Polk State College students were eager to hear U.S. Congressman Darren Soto’s advice on how they can have their voices heard and he was happy to share some inspiration with those he is passionate about giving a voice to at the national level.

June 22, 2018 Press Release

U.S. Congressman Darren Soto met with Abhinav Dhulipala, a Congressional Award Gold Medal recipient from Central Florida’s 9th Congressional District. Abhinav (Abhi) graduated from the Orlando Science School this past spring and will be attending the University of California, Berkeley in the Fall 2018 semester to study Engineering.

February 1, 2018 Event

On Thursday, February 1, 2018, Congressman Darren Soto and his wife, Amanda, toured Englewood Elementary School in East Orlando. Principal Alex Reyes walked the Congressman through the school highlighting the students’ work. Rep. Soto was thrilled to meet teachers, staff, and administrators, all doing splendid work on behalf of the students.

December 14, 2017 In The News

Congressman Soto joined Valencia College leadership along with other Osceola officials and legislators to celebrate the opening of Valencia College's new campus in Poinciana – a dream made reality!

December 5, 2017 Event

Congressman Darren Soto visited the University of Central Florida's Hillel to engage students in a conversation at their final Shabbat of the semester. Rep. Soto spoke about his recent American Israel Education Foundation trip to Israel and the importance of the US-Israel relationship. The students were then able to engage in a lively Q&A session on issues ranging from net neutrality to topics affecting their communities. The Congressman also provided insights for what is to come next in this legislative session.