I believe that we must do everything we can to encourage the academic success of our nation’s students. That is why as a member of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee I am committed to providing the education funding our schools, teachers and students need and deserve. That means fighting for robust funding for federal programs like Head Start, the Even Start Family Literacy Program, Title I School Improvement Grants and the Individuals with Disabilities Act. I also believe that we must give students every opportunity to pursue a higher education by funding financial assistance programs like Pell Grants and Perkins Loans.
Even with increased federal funding, our nation is failing too many of our young people. While there is no easy answer to the complex problems plaguing our education system, credible studies show that technology can have a tremendous positive impact on student learning. That is why I strongly support legislation
which seeks to better target federal education technology resources toward students and teachers in struggling schools. I am an author of legislation to amend the No Child Left Behind Act to give priority for educational technology grants to low achieving schools, particularly those with a large percentage of English language learners and other special needs groups, and provide funding to train teachers on how to effectively use technology in the classroom.
Congresswoman Roybal-Allard's Education Legislation
The Achievement Through Technology and Innovation (ATTAIN) Act, H.R. 558
Provides federal funding to help schools that serve disadvantaged and low-income students purchase computers, software and other technology. The measure ensures adequate teacher training in the use of technology to teach students and puts in place standards to ensure all students are technologically literate by the 8th grade. The bill also requires that states provide guidance to districts on how to ensure that schools have access to the most up-to-date computers and software. Finally, the ATTAIN Act calls for research initiatives to determine the effectiveness of the new technology program at the state and national levels.
- (January 15, 2009) Washington, D.C. - The Achievement Through Technology and Innovation (ATTAIN) Act (H.R. 558) is Introduced in the 111th Congress
- (March 27, 2008) Downtown/Pico-Union, LA - The State Educational Technology Directors Association Honors the Congresswoman for Her Work in Support of Educational Technology
- (March 5, 2008) Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Named Computer Using Educators' 2008 Legislator of the Year for Her Sustained and Extraordinary Efforts to Promote the Educational Use of Technology
- (May 23, 2007) Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Roybal-Allard's legislation, the ATTAIN Act, Received Key Endorsements from Major Educational Organizations
- (May 16, 2007) Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Roybal-Allard Testifies About Her Legislation to Improve Student Academic Achievement Through Technology
- (March 29, 2007) Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Roybal-Allard Thanks Dr. Themistocles Sparangis, the Los Angeles Unified School District's Chief Technology Director, for Accepting Her Invitation to Testify Before the Appropriations Education Subcommittee
DREAM Act, HR 1842
Provides a pathway for eligible young immigrants raised in the United States to become lawful permanent residents and realize their potential as professionals and taxpayers.
- (June 29, 2011) Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard Joins Other Members of Congress in Praising Senate Hearing on DREAM Act
- (May 11, 2011) Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard Introduces the DREAM Act
- (March 22, 2011) Downtown Los Angeles - Rep. Roybal-Allard Urges Students to Keep Fighting for Dream Act Passage
- (December 18, 2010) Washington, D.C. - Dream Act Co-Author Congresswoman Roybal-Allard: We Will Keep Fighting Despite Senate Setback
- (December 9, 2010) Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Thanks Lutheran Ministers for Their Work on Behalf of Immigrants
- (December 8, 2010) Washington, D.C. - Dream Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives
- (November 18, 2010) Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Roybal-Allard Calls on Congress to Pass the Dream Act
- (September 21, 2010) Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Comments on Today's Failed Dream Act in the Senate
- (April 30, 2009) Washington, D.C. – Photo: The United Students of the Southeast Cities Advocate for the Dream Act.
- (March 26, 2009) Washington, D.C. - Introduction of the American Dream Act (HR 1751).
- (October 2, 2007) Washington, D.C. – Photo: Representatives with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) discuss the importance of passing the American Dream Act, among other initiatives impacting the Latino community.
- (May 18, 2007) Washington, D.C. – Photo: Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Chairwoman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law, commend three undocumented immigrants for testifying before the subcommittee about the importance of passing the American Dream Act.
- (February 23, 2007) Downtown, Los Angeles – Photo: Los Angeles-area representatives of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles met with the congresswoman to thank her for her steadfast advocacy on behalf of the American Dream Act.