Education & Labor

The challenges of our education system are a critical issue for Pennsylvanians and students across the country.


Congresswoman Scanlon is a longtime education rights advocate who believes that all students should have access to quality education and post-secondary opportunities. She believes that our investments in education should give the next generation the best opportunity to succeed. Congresswoman Scanlon believes in addressing the challenges of our education system must begin with expanding access to early childhood education. She supports policy measures that fairly fund our schools, which include resources that support our teachers and counselors, safe and inclusive learning environments, fully funding the IDEA and Title I.


Congresswoman Scanlon is working to make post-secondary opportunities more affordable and accessible. She also supports expanding Career Technical Education (CTE) and apprenticeship programs so that students have the greatest number of pathways to success. Students need to know that there are jobs waiting for them on the other side of their degree or certificate programs. Investments in workforce development are critical to ensuring qualified students find rewarding jobs after graduation.


Congresswoman Scanlon is committed to fighting for middle class families and is an ardent supporter of labor and workers rights. She is working to ensure that the right to collective bargaining is secure and established, and will continue to oppose any and all attacks on the hardworking men and women that built this country.


More on Education & Labor

October 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released an initial report of the investigation into the incident at the PES refinery. Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon released the following statement in response.   


October 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-5) and Ilhan Omar (MN-5) introduced the Student Borrower Advocate Act – a plan to transform the Federal Student Aid Office’s Ombudsman into the Office of the Borrower Advocate. 


Over 45 million Americans currently have a federal student loan, including one-third of all young adults. For most people, student loans have become the largest monthly expense, outpacing that of a home mortgage and often leading to financial hardship. 


September 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Mary Gay Scanlon led a bipartisan letter addressed to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee Leadership requesting they honor the House position on funding for the Advanced Chinook program for the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).


The CH-47F Block II program funds the production of this advanced capability aircraft, built in Ridley Park, which can lift more weight, fly at higher altitudes, and fly in hotter temperatures.


September 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswomen Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05), Jahana Hayes (CT-05)and Lucy McBath (GA-06) introduced H.R. 4298, the Pell Grant Restoration Act. This critical legislation would amend Title IV of the Higher Education Act to restore students’ Pell Grant eligibility for any period of time during which they would have qualified for loan forgiveness due to school closure or institutional fraud or misconduct.

September 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon released the following statement in response to reports that PES executives put profits before workers and the environment.

July 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Representative Mary Gay Scanlon introduced the Justice for Student Borrowers Act, which would prohibit predatory lending practices by private student loans lenders.


June 28, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In an effort to ensure that Hahnemann continues to keeps it doors open to serve those most in need, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), alongside U.S. Representatives Brendan Boyle (D-PA-2), Dwight Evans (D-PA-3) and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA-5), is calling on Hahnemann Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children owner Joel Freedman to reverse course on the planned closure.


June 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon released the following statement to address reports regarding the future of Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), its workforce, and the surrounding community:


“Immediately following the incident at PES last week, our office joined a call with representatives from PES, Mayor Jim Kenney’s office, and local elected officials. We have now learned that PES will likely close in the coming weeks, which will have an immediate impact on the workers, their families, and our region.


June 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy Devos and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon calls attention to the mental health crisis disproportionately affecting Latina/x students in the Philadelphia region and nationwide.

May 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon announces her co-sponsorship of several pieces of legislation to invest in our nation’s schools.