Education

As a mother and former teacher, I understand the importance of hiring and retaining qualified teachers for our Arizona public schools. For our children to succeed, we must invest in a world-class public education.

We compete in a global economy that is increasingly driven by technological and scientific innovation; ensuring high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and vocational training is vital for the well-being of Arizona and the nation.

I believe it is time for Congress to act and enforce more affordable higher education options for young people. Throughout my career, I have fought to restore funding for Arizona’s higher education system and to protect the Pell Grants that turn the dream of college into a reality for thousands of Arizonans. 

We must change the vicious cycle of young people graduating from college and entering a lifetime of debt. Educated and working Americans with high monthly student loan payments must often make terrible financial sacrifices, and that can start with their inability to purchase a home or save for retirement. Congress must work on passing legislation that incentivizes student loan contributions for employers by making it tax-free. In addition, Congress can and should support free tuition at local community colleges in return for a student’s public work or service. 

The future strength of our country relies on the success of our young people; I believe it is Congress’ responsibility to lift the heavy financial burdens weighing down students and future leaders.

September 26, 2019

U.S. Rep. Kirkpatrick Appointed to Appropriations Committee

Washington, D.C. –  Rep. Kirkpatrick issued the following statement in response to the unveiling of committee assignments. Rep. Kirkpatrick will serve on the Appropriations Committee, considered to be one of Congress’ exclusive “power committees.”  Rep. Kirkpatrick will be the first representative from Arizona to sit on the committee since the Honorable Congressman Ed Pastor. And…

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