Education is a critical component of our economy, our state and our country, and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito fights for children in West Virginia to have access to the high-quality education they need and deserve.
As a former school counselor, Shelley believes in the value of education from pre-K to post-graduate. As a strong supporter of Head Start, she has championed early education and will continue to fight for access to education during the most important developmental years. Shelley is also a member of the Congressional STEM Caucus and is proud to support math and science curriculums in our schools, particularly programs that encourage girls to pursue careers in the math and science fields.
Shelley also believes that every West Virginian should have the opportunity of pursuing a higher education, whether through a vocational school, technical college, community college, or four-year institution. She has supported legislation to increase the Pell Grant and has voted to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling. Shelley has long supported the federal TRIO programs that help low-income students, first-generation college students and students with disabilities navigate and succeed in college.
As a mother, a grandmother and a former classroom mom, Shelley knows firsthand the importance of parental involvement and local control of our schools. While she has supported federal funding to improve our education system by supporting school construction and improvements and expanding broadband service to rural schools, she firmly believes that parents, administrators and teachers need flexibility in order to shape and improve each child’s future.
Connections between educators and parents have never been more valuable. Today’s ever- changing technology means that children and teens are using social media platforms that may be unfamiliar to older generations. Some of these platforms can be used by students to perpetuate fights and bullying outside the classroom and away from the supervision of parents and teachers. Shelley is deeply concerned about the impact of cyberbullying on our students and has held several roundtables across the state to share social media best practices and hear from educators about the challenges they face. Children need to feel secure to succeed, and the congresswoman will continue to work to ensure that schools and parents have the resources they need to prevent cyberbullying and keep their students safe.