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Matt Cartwright believes that our education system is the crown jewel of American infrastructure.  It is the key to our long-term economic growth and our competitiveness as a superpower. 

To continue to produce worldwide leaders, Congressman Cartwright will fight to ensure that every dollar that the federal government invests in education is efficiently invested in our students. The Congressman will continue to oppose any efforts to systematically divert funding away from the public schools that will produce tomorrow’s leaders.

Good students are made when education starts early.  That’s why Congressman Cartwright opposes any effort to end funding for the federal Head Start program and supports efforts to invest in early childhood education.  Later in life, students face challenges funding their education.  The Congressman is making every effort to ensure that students will be able to attend a school of their choosing by protecting federal grants and working to keep the cost of student loans low.  For those who choose not to attend a four year school, the Congressman is working to ensure that trade and technical schools are available and that community colleges are affordable.

See also information on student financial aid.

More on Education

Jul 2, 2020 Press Release

Dallas, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced that Misericordia University was awarded $263,567 in federal relief amid the coronavirus pandemic through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). NEH is distributing economic stabilization grants with federal CARES Act funding to support cultural institutions, non-profits and educational programming.

May 21, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced the release of $150,000 in new federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act’s Centers of Excellence COVID-19 program.

Apr 10, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced more than $19 million for northeastern Pennsylvania students enrolled in colleges, universities and career and technical schools whose semesters were interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The money comes from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which was established by Congress under the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748).

Feb 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Ted Yoho (R-FL-03) introduced the Nutrition Education Act to address childhood obesity by ensuring students are learning how to maintain a healthy, balanced diet at school.

Feb 5, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced that Scranton Lackawanna Head Start received $8,777,315 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). These funds are used for the continuation of comprehensive, high quality, early childhood education for children in Lackawanna County.

Jan 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) introduced the Bullying Redress and Verified Enforcement (BRAVE) Act, legislation that would address bullying within schools.

Dec 23, 2019 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded two grants worth a combined total of $3,188,368 to The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.

Dec 20, 2019 In The News

 

Luzerne County Head Start received a $4.69 million federal funding grant this week, according to U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8, Moosic.

The grant, through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide 50% of the funding for the agency’s annual operations, according to Lindsey Fredericks, a Head Start community advocate.

The agency provides assistance to hundreds of children from birth to age 3 as part of its Early Head Start program, as well as hundreds of children of preschool age, from 3 to 5, in the Head Start program, Fredericks said.

Dec 19, 2019 Press Release

Luzerne County, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced a $4,687,441 federal grant awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to Luzerne County Head Start to provide high-quality, comprehensive, early childhood education for children in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties.

Oct 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and David B. McKinley (WV-01) re-introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve educational services for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. Senators Ed Markey (MA) and Shelley Moore Capito (WV) introduced companion legislation in the Senate earlier this afternoon.