Long before I was a businessman or a physicist, I was a curious kid. I was always taking things apart to see how they worked, or trying to make something new. It was this curiosity combined with the excellent education I received from public schools and universities that led me to start a business with my brother and to later pursue a career as a physicist. As our economy becomes increasingly STEM-based, it has never been more important to ensure our students are getting the education and training they will need to thrive. I support the right of every young person to have access to a high quality, affordable education that does not leave students with crippling debt. A good education is the key to future economic success. That’s why I support the use of public funds for public education. Every student in this country should have the resources they need to succeed regardless of their zip code.
My Work on Education
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) reintroduced a bipartisan resolution, H.Res. 232, in honor of Pi Day, March 14. Pi (represented by the Greek letter π) is an irrational number representing the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle that mathematicians, architects, engineers, and scientists use in calculations. Although the decimal digits of π continue randomly forever, the number is commonly rounded to 3.14, making March 14 the appropriate day to celebrate the number.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), introduced the bipartisan GI Education Benefits Fairness Act, H.R. 1718. This legislation would align definitions of an eligible child in the Veterans Administration and Department of Defense for the purposes of the education benefit transfer. Currently, veterans and service members receive education benefits that they can transfer to their children, but a discrepancy in the definitions across agencies has led to the denial of this benefit to military families.
Joliet, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that the University of St. Francis will receive an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $649,677. The funding will be provided through the NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program and will help support the university with retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need.
Joliet, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that the University of St. Francis will receive an award from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $957,217. The funding will provide scholarships and stipends for undergraduate STEM majors who are pursuing teaching careers at high-need high schools. USF will use the award to increase the number of STEM majors successfully completing biology and mathematics licensure for secondary education.
Joliet, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that Joliet Junior College has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $89,769. The funding is provided as part of the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS). The CCAMPIS program helps to provide child care options for student-parents enrolled in higher education.
An innovation hub already is drawing young, tech-savvy talent to the Naperville area to design the machines of the future.
The new high-tech incubator along the Interstate 88 high-tech corridor, known as Hub88, is on schedule to officially open sometime in September, said Glenn Luckinbill, one of organizers.
Kids, however, are getting an early chance to experience what Hub88 has in store for them this summer.
Naperville, IL - Last night, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) hosted a community forum to discuss gun violence. Over 300 people attended Community Christian Church to listen to speakers and ask questions.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) released the following statement for the national gun violence walkout:
WASHINGTON, DC - As expected, President Trump’s budget proposes to follow up massive Republican tax cuts for the wealthy with cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, science, and education, while wasting countless taxpayer dollars on his wall with Mexico and unchecked military spending.
WASHINGTON, DC - I was disappointed in the President's address tonight. Once again, President Trump has failed to unite the country and offer Congress tangible policy proposals that would actually grow our economy. I am ready and willing to work with my Republican colleagues to rebuild and repair our infrastructure, grow our economy, and combat the opioid epidemic. But I did not hear the President discuss how he would achieve these goals without burdening our children with future debt.