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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

Education

As the only Bay Area member on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman DeSaulnier is honored to represent the needs of students in California and nationwide. Ensuring equal access to educational opportunities from early childhood education to advanced learning sows the seeds for a well-rounded and productive workforce and is essential to a growing economy.

On his first day in Congress, Mark launched an Education Listening Tour to hear firsthand from students, parents, educators, and school administrators and take what he learned from those conversations back to Congress. Congressman DeSaulnier has visited all of Contra Costa County’s school districts  and higher education institutions. He is integrating feedback from these meetings into his work on the committee and in Congress. For example, Congressman DeSaulnier fought hard to enact needed reforms to the “No Child Left Behind” providing much-needed flexibility to local schools to best serve California students and strengthen programs that help our schools, teachers, students, parents, and communities.


Working for You

Early Childhood Education

Congressman DeSaulnier tapped into his past experience as a local Head Start Commissioner to successfully enact a provision reforming Head Start – a federal program that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families – to allow it to operate more efficiently and create better agreements with local schools.

We need to do more to expand and improve early learning opportunities. Mark is a sponsor of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act (H.R. 2411), which does just that through federal-state partnerships.

Congressman DeSaulnier is a strong believer in addressing the “whole child” in the classroom. He is a supporter of the Caring Start Act (H.R. 2217), which provides training and technical assistance to Head Start providers focused on trauma-informed approaches and early mental health. Supports new, evidence-based best practices to be widely and freely distributed throughout the early education and care fields.

K-12

One of the Education and Workforce Committee’s biggest successes in the 114th Congress was passing the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177), which revitalized “No Child Left Behind” to make much-needed improvements. Congressman DeSaulnier successfully included four provisions in the bill to promote family engagement in education, support afterschool programs, improve Head Start programs, and protect student athletes from concussions.

Mark continued his career-long advocacy for support services for students by passing two provisions into law that would expand student access to before-, after-, and summer-school programs to help students from low-income families overcome the inequities they face in the school system. One of these programs is modeled after a bipartisan bill he introduced with Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), the Family Engagement in Education Act (H.R. 1194), that would create community centers for families, students, and community members to work together to help students succeed.

Continuing in his bipartisan efforts, Congressman DeSaulnier worked with Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA) to introduce the School Food Modernization Act (H.R. 3316), which provides schools with the resources they need to give our students nutritious meals.

In order to provide the best services possible to students with disabilities, Congressman DeSaulnier joined with Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) to introduce the IDEA High Cost Pool Funding Act (H.R. 4028), which builds on the historic civil rights law, known as IDEA, by authorizing additional federal funding to help keep the law’s promise that every child with disabilities would have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.

Higher Education

Congressman DeSaulnier successfully led congressional efforts to save the Perkins Federal Loan Program, which provides low-interest loans to help needy students finance the costs of postsecondary education.

Congressman DeSaulnier introduced the Student Borrower Fairness Act (H.R. 3675) to help address the ever-present problem of student loan debt. Student loan debt nationwide now totals more than $1.3 trillion and interest rates on those loans vary tremendously. The bill sets student loan interest rates for new and existing borrowers of federal loans so they could never be higher than the interest rates available to big banks that borrow money from the Federal Reserve. This plan would ensure that we prioritize our nation’s students over the institutions that had a hand in the last economic crash.

Many low-income students contemplating entering higher education face significant hurdles to returning to the classroom. Among the obstacles is access to childcare. For that reason, Mark support the Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4681), which increases access to on-campus child care for low-income student parents.


Schools Districts in California's 11th Congressional District 

K-12 Schools

Acalanes Union High
www.acalanes.k12.ca.us

1212 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Lafayette, CA 94549
925.280.3900

Antioch Unified
www.antioch.k12.ca.us

510 G Street
Antioch, CA 94509
925.779.7500

Canyon
www.canyon.k12.ca.us

P.O. Box 187
Pinehurst Road
Canyon, CA 94516
925.376.4671

Lafayette
www.lafsd.k12.ca.us

3477 School Street
Lafayette, CA 94549
925.927-3500

Martinez Unified
www.martinez.k12.ca.us

921 Susana Street
Martinez, CA 94553
925.335-5800

Moraga
www.moraga.k12.ca.us

1540 School Street
Moraga, CA 94556
925.376.5943

Mt. Diablo Unified
www.mdusd.org

1936 Carlotta Drive
Concord, CA 94519
925.682.8000

Orinda Union
www.orindaschools.org

8 Alatarinda Road
Orinda, CA 94563
925.254.4901

Pittsburg Unified
www.pittsburg.k12.ca.us

2000 Railroad Ave.
Pittsburg, CA 94565
925.473.2300

San Ramon Valley Unified
www.srvusd.k12.ca.us

699 Old Orchard Drive
Danville, CA 94526
925.552.5500

Walnut Creek
www.walnutcreeksd.org

960 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
925.944.6850

West Contra Costa Unified
www.wccusd.net

1108 Bissell Ave.
Richmond, CA 94801
510.231.1100

 

Colleges and Universities

Contra Costa College
www.contracosta.edu

2600 Mission Bell Dr.
San Pablo, CA 94806
510.235.7800

Diablo Valley College
www.dvc.edu

321 Golf Club Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
925.685.1230

Los Medanos College
www.losmedanos.net

2700 E. Leland Road
Pittsburg, CA 94565
925.439.2181

California State University, East Bay
https://www.csueastbay.edu/

 

4700 Ynacio Valley Road
Concord, CA 94521
925.602.6700

Saint Mary's College of California
https://www.stmarys-ca.edu
 

 

1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
925.631.4000