The best way to ensure the long-term growth and strength of our community is to create an environment where our students can thrive. We must invest in education in order to equip our youth with the skills necessary to secure jobs and remain competitive in the global workforce. We must continue to strengthen our school system from early to higher education to ensure we prepare Americans of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds for high-paying, high-skilled jobs. I am committed to ensuring every student receives a first-class education by improving our K-12 public schools, supporting our teachers, expanding access to early education programs, and making college affordable for every student.

  • October 2017
  • September 2017
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    With Back-to-School Season Underway, Brownley Introduces BEST Act to Encourage Bilingual Proficiency Among High School Graduates and Improve U.S. Workforce Competitiveness

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) reintroduced the Biliteracy Education Seal and Teaching (BEST) Act. The bill establishes a federal grant program to help states establish a Biliteracy Seal program that encourages and recognizes high school students who achieve proficiency in English and a second language, and that better enables these young people to compete in the global workforce.

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  • August 2017
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    Brownley Announces $527,000 in Grants to Educational Organizations to Help Underserved Students Prepare for and Attend College

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced more than $527,000 in Department of Education grants to two educational organizations that provide support services for underserved students in Ventura County that are preparing for college or are already enrolled in a local college or university. The Ventura County Community College District and LULAC National Educational Service Centers (LNESC) each received a competitive federal grant to implement Upward Bound programs – projects that help students from low-income families and first-generation college attendees. 

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  • June 2017
  • CLU lands pair of grants totaling $3M

    By Staff Originally Appeared in Ventura County Star The U.S. Department of Education has awarded two grants to California Lutheran University totaling an estimated $3 million over five years through the Upward Bound Program, a federal TRIO program. Upward Bound is a federal grant program that supports projects designed to provide students with the skills […]

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  • May 2017
  • Hank Lacayo’s legacy of public service

    By Editorial Board Originally Appeared in The Ventura County Star When Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the United Way of Ventura County in August, U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, said, “When I think of Ventura County, I think of Hank Lacayo, and when I think of our country, I think […]

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  • February 2017
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    Rep. Brownley Statement on Senate Confirmation of Betsy DeVos

    Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley released the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education: “I am deeply disappointed that the Senate has confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.  Despite the calls of millions of Americans who are worried about […]

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  • September 2016
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    Brownley Announces Over $3.2 Million in Grants to Support STEM Programs at Local Colleges and Universities

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded over $3.2 million in grants to local colleges and universities to support activities and programs to increase the number of Latino and low-income students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) degree programs at Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Ventura County. The […]

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  • April 2016
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    Brownley presents bronze star to high school teacher

    THOUSAND OAKS, CA – On Thursday, April 7th, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) presented Sgt. Emmet Cullen, a local high school teacher, with the Bronze Star Medal that he earned during his service in Iraq. Sergeant Emmet Cullen, now a Buena High School social studies teacher, received the Bronze Star with Valor for his exceptional actions in protecting […]

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  • Buena teacher receives Bronze Star for his wartime heroism 10 years ago

    With hundreds of students looking on, Buena High School social studies teacher Emmet S. Cullen received a Bronze Star with Valor on Thursday for his heroic actions 10 years ago during the Iraq War, when he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley came to the short midday ceremony in the […]

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  • February 2016
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    Bipartisan Dyslexia Bill Becomes Law

    Washington, D.C. – President Obama today signed the bipartisan Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act (READ Act) (H.R. 3033) into law. The READ Act was introduced by Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) who are co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus. The Caucus is comprised of over 100 Members of Congress […]

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  • September 2015
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    Brownley announces over $1.1 million in federal funding for Hispanic-serving institutions in Ventura County

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI) and the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) will receive federal grants from the Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. “I am so pleased to announce Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions grants for the Ventura County Community College District […]

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  • July 2015
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    Brownley announces Trio Grants to help first generation and low-income college students

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded two grants to local universities through the federal TRIO Student Support Services Program (SSSP) for student counseling in the 2015-2016 school year. Specifically, California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI) was awarded $220,000 and California Lutheran University (Cal […]

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    Brownley biliteracy bill gets house vote

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Congresswoman Julia Brownley’s (D-Westlake Village) Biliteracy Education Seal and Teaching (BEST) Act. During the 113th Congress, Brownley introduced the Biliteracy Education Seal and Teaching (BEST) Act to help states create or improve State Seal of Biliteracy programs that recognize high school students graduating with […]

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  • May 2015
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    Congresswoman Brownley announces winner of 2015 Congressional Art Competition

    THOUSAND OAKS, CALIF. – On Thursday, May 7, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that Jessica Han, an 11th grade student at Newbury Park High School, was the 26th Congressional District’s winner in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.  “Every year, I am increasingly impressed by the level of artistic talent that Ventura County high school […]

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  • March 2015
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    Brownley announces over $1 million for early childhood education in Ventura County

    OXNARD, CALIF. — Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that the Child Development Resources of Ventura County, Inc. (CDR) will receive a discretionary grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for over $1 million to expand access to their Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Program (EHS-CCP). “As a strong supporter of […]

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