Summary of Position

Congressman DeSaulnier understands that education is the single-most important investment a nation can make in its future. 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 Labor, he has been an advocate for quality education for every student. From preschool to higher education and beyond, Congressman DeSaulnier values a public education, programs to support the “whole child,” accessible and affordable college opportunities for any students that wishes to attend, 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.

  • Outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. exceeds $1.3 trillion with African American  college graduates owing $7,400 more in student loans on average than their white peers upon graduating.

  • 7 million, or 14% of K-12 public school students receive special education services.

  • The U.S. has an 84.6% high school graduation rate, the highest in history.

  • Millennials are on track to be the most educated generation in history, with 39% 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

Spearheaded 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 $15 million in federal funding.

Authored Legislation to Support Young Children with Disabilities
While there has been advancement in supports for students with disabilities in elementary and secondary school, early education policy, like support for preschool students, has not kept pace. That’s why Congressman DeSaulnier introduced the Funding Early Childhood is the Right IDEA Act (H.R. 4107), which would restore full funding for education and services for children with disabilities age 0-5.

Sponsored the College Affordability Act
The cost of college is skyrocketing making the possibility of a higher education out of reach for huge swaths of American families. As the ability to go to college becomes increasingly dependent on an individual’s socioeconomic status and higher lifetime earnings become evermore contingent on a college degree, income inequality and wealth disparities in our country only deepen. To address these troubling trends, Congressman DeSaulnier supports the College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674), which would strengthen the Higher Education Act of 1965 to lower the cost of college, hold colleges accountable for students’ success and give a new generation of students the opportunity to graduate on time with the prospect of a successful career.

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, Congressman DeSaulnier introduced the Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act (H.R. 5611), which requires that schools support all students who have suffered concussions to return to sports and the classroom safely.

Protecting the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program
Together with Congressman Sarbanes and Senator Warren, Congressman DeSaulnier introduced the What You Can Do For Your Country Act (H.R. 2441) to protect the PSLF program. This program allows America’s public servants to qualify for student loan debt relief after working full-time for 10 years at certain nonprofit organizations or for local, state, or federal government. Secretary DeVos’s Education Department, however, has only granted loan forgiveness to about 1% of civil servants who qualify. This bill would ensure that they get the debt relief they deserve.

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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