Democracy Awards


Summary of Position

Throughout his career in public service, from his time as a local Head Start Commissioner to his current seat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman DeSaulnier has been an advocate for quality education. From preschool to higher education and beyond, he values a public education, programs to support the “whole child,” and ensuring that all students gain the skills they need to succeed in our rapidly changing workplace.

By the Numbers

  • Children who attend preschool can better socialize, manage stress, solve problems, and have higher job earnings later in life.
  • 51% of American public school students are living in poverty.
  • 6.6 million, or 13% of K-12 public school students receive special education services.
  • The U.S. has an 84% high school graduation rate, the highest in history.
  • Millennials are on track to be the most educated generation in history, with 24% receiving at least a bachelor’s degree.

Things to Know

  • Only Bay Area member on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
  • Completed an Education Listening Tour, where he visited 18 schools at every school district in our community, and compiled a report on his findings
  • Member of the Career and Technical Education Caucus

Working for You

Spearheded Creation of Statewide Family Engagement Centers
Research shows that students with involved families are more likely to earn higher grades, attend school regularly, and graduate. Congressman DeSaulnier authored the bipartisan Family Engagement in Education Act (H.R. 1194) with Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), to create the Statewide Family Engagement Center (SFEC) grant program, which helps states and school districts promote family involvement in a student’s education. The SFEC grant program was signed into law by President Obama and recently received $10 million in federal funding.

Authored Legislation to Support Students with Disabilities in Higher Education
While there has been advancement in supports for students with disabilities in elementary and secondary school, higher education policy has not kept pace. That’s why Mark introduced the Improving Access to Higher Education Act (H.R. 3199), which is the first-ever comprehensive legislation that specifically addresses the needs of students with disabilities in higher education.

Authored Bill to Remove College Financial Burdens
College is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many Americans, and research shows that non-tuition costs -- off-campus housing, textbooks, childcare, and transportation -- make up the majority of the cost of attending. To help remove these barriers for low-income students, Mark introduced the Pell Grant Flexibility Act (H.R. 3581) that allows students to use Pell Grants for non-tuition expenses without being penalized.

Leading Legislation to Protect Student Athletes from Concussions
To help protect younger athletes who are at greater risk from sports-related concussions than college or professional athletes, Mark introduced the Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act (H.R. 3580), which requires that schools support all students who have suffered concussions to return to sports and the classroom safely.

For a downloadable copy of Mark's education work, click the image below:

Schools Districts in California's 11th Congressional District 

K-12 Schools

Acalanes Union High

1212 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Lafayette, CA 94549

Antioch Unified

510 G Street
Antioch, CA 94509


P.O. Box 187
Pinehurst Road
Canyon, CA 94516


3477 School Street
Lafayette, CA 94549

Martinez Unified

921 Susana Street
Martinez, CA 94553


1540 School Street
Moraga, CA 94556

Mt. Diablo Unified

1936 Carlotta Drive
Concord, CA 94519

Orinda Union

8 Alatarinda Road
Orinda, CA 94563

Pittsburg Unified

2000 Railroad Ave.
Pittsburg, CA 94565

San Ramon Valley Unified

699 Old Orchard Drive
Danville, CA 94526

Walnut Creek

960 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

West Contra Costa Unified

1108 Bissell Ave.
Richmond, CA 94801


Colleges and Universities

Contra Costa College

2600 Mission Bell Dr.
San Pablo, CA 94806

Diablo Valley College

321 Golf Club Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Los Medanos College

2700 E. Leland Road
Pittsburg, CA 94565

California State University, East Bay


4700 Ynacio Valley Road
Concord, CA 94521

Saint Mary's College of California


1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575