Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama
 

Education

Education

“As the daughter of two longtime educators, I know that education is the great equalizer. Education has been and continues to be the single best avenue into the middle class for individuals across my district.”

-Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell 


 
A successful workforce starts with a solid education base.  As a product of public schools and the daughter of two educators, I know firsthand the difference that a strong education can make in achieving the American Dream, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic background.  Improving education can help break the cycle of poverty that affects families all across west Alabama. Children from every background and every walk of life deserve the right to reach their full potential.  With that in mind, we must expand our efforts to involve positive role models in the lives of our youth, we must enlist community and business leaders to go into our schools and deliver a message of commitment, responsibility, and hope and we must work to create jobs through innovation, education and training.  When our communities unify, our families are strengthened, economic opportunities are created and our children are better prepared for the future.
 

Check back in the coming week for updates concerning my work and views on education.
 
For more information in the meantime, please contact my Washington, DC office
 
I look forward to your feedback.
 
Thank you.

 

More on Education

Sep 19, 2017 Press Release

On Monday, September 18, 2017, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) took a tour of Miles College in Fairfield in honor of National Historically Black College and University (HBCUs) Week. During the tour the Congresswoman met with Miles College president, Dr. George T. French and a group of Miles College students to discuss the importance of HBCUs. National HBCU week runs from Sunday, September 17 through September 23, 2017.

Sep 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, the House of Representatives adopted an amendment by Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) prohibiting federal grant funding from going to child care centers with a record of injury or death due to health or safety violations. The amendment’s adoption follows the death of five-year-old Kamden Johnson at an Alabama day care center. Rep. Sewell’s amendment was attached to a package of appropriations bills expected to pass the House this week.

Aug 15, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) announced her participation in the annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC). Through the CAC, students in Alabama’s 7th District will code original mobile, web, or desktop apps for the chance to be selected for recognition, win prizes, and have their work put on display in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

Jun 30, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) led a letter with 41 Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, urging Secretary of Education Betsy Devos to provide clarity in denied Upward Bound grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as targeted assistance to HBCUs. During the FY17 grant period, a concerning number of HBCUs lost funding for their Upward Bound programs, many for non-substantive errors such as font or file format.

Jun 20, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, bipartisan foster care legislation introduced by Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) passed the full House of Representatives by a vote of 382 to 19. The Reducing Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act makes it easier for foster children to be placed in the home of a family member by encouraging states to update their foster care systems to promote such placements.

Mar 1, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order amending federal policy towards historically black universities and colleges (HBCUs). The executive order relocates the White House Initiative on HBCUs, requires federal agencies to plan for greater HBCU participation in federal initiatives, but provides no path forward for increasing federal funding for HBCUs.

Apr 8, 2015 Press Release

MONTGOMERY, AL – On Thursday, April 9th Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) will welcome National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astronaut (NASA) Dr. Scott D. Tingle (Capt., U.S. Navy) to Carver Elementary and Arts Magnet School in Montgomery. Upon his "landing," Captain Tingle will make a special presentation to 5th graders and the entire student body will host a welcoming parade.

Dec 3, 2013 Press Release

MONTGOMERY, AL –Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) will host the 5th Project R.E.A.D.Y seminar on Friday December 6, 2013 at Trenholm State Technical College. The event will feature workshops on career development and workforce options. The workshops will serve as a tool to prepare attendees for career readiness and job training.

“Job creation remains my top priority and I hope my constituents will continue to take full advantage of a Project R.E.A.D.Y workshop in a town near them,” Rep. Sewell said.

Nov 20, 2013 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell released the following statement on Ramsay High School being named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

“I am so proud of the teachers, administrators and students of Ramsay High School in Birmingham for earning this prestigious award.  Ramsay High School is highly deserving of this recognition for its exceptional academic standards and exemplary student body.

Jul 19, 2013 Press Release

“Today, I voted against passage of H.R. 5 because it undermines our ability to ensure all students are given equal opportunities to reach their full potential. Instead of working towards a bipartisan solution to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), this partisan bill includes extreme policies that would prevent America’s students from succeeding. This bill keeps education funding at sequestration levels, removes accountability provisions, weakens requirement standards, and eliminates and weakens protections for disadvantaged students.