As a scientist and entrepreneur, Representative Casten’s desire to learn paved his way to Congress and he believes that, regardless of zip code or economic status, every child should have access to a top-notch, affordable education. America must strive for an educational system that prepares our students to compete in an ever-advancing global economy and that does not leave students grappling with crippling debt.  

The Congressman supports the expansion of early childhood education, recognizing the difference it makes to give our kids a solid start early in life.  He supports year-round Pell grants and enabling students who wish to pursue a trade that opportunity.   Rep. Casten also believes in expanding STEM education to prepare our kids for the jobs of the future to help ensure American competitiveness for generations to come.

More on Education

September 14, 2021 Press Release
Congressman Casten met with Benedictine staff and students to discuss how the American Rescue Plan has impacted the lives and education of students at the university.
May 28, 2021 Press Release
Downers Grove, IL – Today U.S. Congressmen Sean Casten (IL-06) and Bill Foster (IL-11) held a press conference alongside students and faculty from local colleges and universities who will receive emergency funding under the American Rescue Plan to help them cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency grants to students who are facing hunger, homelessness, and other hardship.
May 21, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) addressed the House to honor the dedication to science of Jennifer Lauermann and her 5th grade class at Pleasantville Middle School in Burr Ridge, Illinois. 

April 9, 2021 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) visited public school officials, first responders, social service providers, and small business leaders to talk about pandemic hardship and how the American Rescue Plan will help them and the communities they serve.

March 18, 2021 Press Release

March 18, 2021 – Last week, Rep. Casten joined fellow Democrats to pass the landmark American Rescue Plan and send it to President Biden’s desk for his signature.  Today, Rep. Casten proudly highlights the vital resources that Illinois families and communities will receive to crush the virus, put vaccines in people’s arms, money in people’s pockets, children safely back in school and workers back in jobs. 

March 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement after President Biden signed H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act, into law. The landmark, life-saving legislation will provide urgently needed resources to defeat this virus, get vaccines in people’s arms, money in families’ pockets, children safely back into classrooms, and put people back to work.

March 4, 2021 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL – U.S. Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and Marie Newman (IL-03) today held a press conference after they passed the American Rescue Plan in the House last week to help crush the COVID-19 virus and get the economy moving again with shots in arms, money in pockets, children in schools and people in jobs.


March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06) tonight joined House Democrats in passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping anti-corruption package to clean up Washington, protect and expand voting rights, restore integrity, and put the needs and priorities of the American people ahead of special interests.

February 27, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Early Saturday morning, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) voted to pass H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act, life-saving legislation that will provide urgently-needed resources to defeat the virus, get vaccines in people’s arms, help families stay afloat, return children safely to the classroom, and put people back to work.

February 11, 2021 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06) hosted a Virtual Town Hall featuring a bipartisan panel of municipal leaders and local mayors to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local government budgets and the dire need for Congress to pass funding sufficient to ensure states and localities can continue providing essential services.