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Congressman Lacy Clay

Representing the 1st District of Missouri


I believe that education is the key by which we can each open the doors of opportunity.  Quality education for every American will guarantee that our communities flourish, and that our nation is thoroughly prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.  I am deeply committed to ensuring that our public education system functions effectively and successfully serves our students. 

Far too many of our children exit the school system without a solid base or diploma, ill-prepared for higher education or the workplace.  A primary concern of mine is ensuring that student achievement levels are raised dramatically and that public education provide all children the foundation to be highly productive members of society.  In order to accomplish this, bold action must be taken, and unyielding support must be given to our teachers, children, and parents to secure a bright future for all students.

In light of my dedication to this issue, I have co-sponsored several important bills in our most recent congressional sessions and plan to continue the fight for educational equity here in Congress.  H.R. 526, the Full Funding for IDEA Now Act, of which I am a proud co-sponsor and advocate, entitles states to receive federal grants which aid in the education of all children with mental and physical disabilities. H.R. 1102, the Keep Our Promise to America’s Children and Teachers (the Keep our PACT) Act aims to fully fund effective elementary and secondary education programming, and to provide proficient financial support to special education under the Americans With Disabilities Act.  I have also co-sponsored H.R. 1161, the Keep Teachers Teaching Act, which would provide incentives to school districts for implementing innovative teacher retention programs.

Education is essential to our individual success and to our productivity as a society.  I have and will continue to be a fervent supporter of Congressional efforts to secure excellent early childhood education, effective programming and funding for elementary and secondary students. I will also continue working to ensure that higher and continuing education is affordable for all Americans.

More on Education

August 19, 2019 Press Release

Clay, Graves introduce legislation to help America’s Teachers

Teachers Are on the Front Lines of Shaping the Next Generation of America’s Future.


November 9, 2015 Press Release

Clay Condemns Racist Incidents at UM-Columbia Campus, 

Expresses Solidarity With Concerned Student 1950 Protestors

Presses University of Missouri System President Wolfe to 

Transform Atmosphere of Intolerance to Culture of Inclusion


October 8, 2015 Press Release


STEVEN ENGELHARDT (314) 504-4029



Clay Introduces African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2015

New Bipartisan Legislation Would Authorize National Park Service to Create Historic Trail Program

May 23, 2014 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 23, 2014                                     


STEVEN ENGELHARDT (314) 504-4029






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February 14, 2011 Press Release
Reducing the deficit needs to be done in an equitable way that does not focus all of the pain on lower-income Americans and urban areas
August 10, 2010 Press Release
House Moves Quickly to Save Jobs, Secure the Border
November 17, 2009 Press Release
Deduction for Out of Pocket Expenses Expires in December