Education is a pathway to greater opportunity and economic security. It is the lynchpin of the American Dream.  I am committed to ensuring all Americans have access to an affordable, quality education at every level, from pre-K through college and beyond.

We must equip our nation’s elementary and secondary schools with the best possible resources in order to help prepare our students for their future. That means increasing federal funding for crucial education programs and grants to local schools, as well as repairing and updating classroom infrastructure. Our students cannot thrive in schools that have leaking ceilings, classrooms without heat or air conditioning, and contaminated drinking water. They need a safe environment and high-quality equipment to succeed. We must also ensure that the teachers who mentor our students have what they need to prosper by providing all school employees with higher wages, paid leave, and first-rate benefits.

But we cannot stop advocating for students once they graduate high school, particularly given the increasing barriers they face in pursuing higher education. The rising cost of college and post-secondary education and training is limiting the opportunities and mobility of our future workforce. College debt has increased 170 percent since 2006 and now exceeds $1.5 trillion dollars, making it harder for borrowers to succeed, build wealth or contribute to economic growth. That burden of debt has a disproportionate impact for students of color and working-class students, perpetuating our nation’s growing equality gap.

I am fighting for our students by pushing policies that will address the rising cost of college. That includes policies like establishing tuition-free college and eliminating the existing student loan debt that’s currently holding millions of Americans back. Enacting such plans will ensure that everyone - regardless of their income or zip code, the color of their skin or their parents’ occupation - has access to a quality, affordable education.

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September 27, 2021 In The News

When President Joe Biden announced in the spring his plans for "once-in-a-generation investments in our nation's future," he said that "it is not enough to restore where we were prior to the pandemic. We need to build a stronger economy that does not leave anyone behind -- we need to build back better."

September 10, 2021 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS – The House Committee on Education and Labor today passed its portion of the Build Back Better Act, which invests $761 billion to lower the cost of child care and education, help Americans secure good-paying jobs, and increase support for our nation’s children.

June 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), along with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and U.S. Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Thursday unveiled legislation that would invest in safe and nurturing school climates that support all students and address the over-policing of our nation’s K-12 schools.
May 7, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON–Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) Friday announced legislation to expand on the success of the universal free lunch approach recently extended by the USDA, and bring long-term relief to millions of food-insecure families.

April 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the extension of nationwide school meal waivers through June 30, 2022. Specifically, these waivers will allow school meal programs and childcare institutions to continue serving healthy meals free of charge to more than 20 million children. 

March 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), along with Congresswomen Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) and Ilhan Omar (MN-05), re-introduced the Ending Punitive, Unfair, School-based Harm that is Overt and Unresponsive to Trauma (Ending PUSHOUT) Act, bold legislation to end the punitive pushout of girls of color from schools and disrupt the school-to-confinement pathway.

February 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Representatives Ilhan Omar (MN-05) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) led 28 members of Congress today in requesting that the House of Representatives make paid interns permanently eligible for telework. Current House guidelines only allow paid House interns to telework in the event of disaster, pandemic, or other emergency.

February 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—The House Education and Labor Committee today passed their portion of the reconciliation bill through committee—providing much-needed support to state and local governments, along with millions of people across the country, and increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) gave remarks in support of the inclusion of a federal minimum wage increase in President Biden’s coronavirus relief proposal. 

December 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued the following statement on the agreement on a coronavirus relief package and end of year spending bill, which she plans to support.

December 18, 2020 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released an report of her accomplishments in her first term, along with an end-of-year op-ed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.