Committee Info


Education and the Workforce

Jurisdiction: Elementary and secondary education initiatives, including the No Child Left Behind Act, school choice for low-income families, special education (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), teacher quality & teacher training, scientifically-based reading instruction, and vocational and technical education; Higher education programs (the Higher Education Act), to support college access for low and middle-income students and help families pay for college; Early childhood & preschool education programs including Head Start; School lunch and child nutrition programs; Financial oversight of the U.S. Department of Education; Programs and services for the care and treatment of at-risk youth, child abuse prevention, and child adoption; Educational research and improvement; Adult education; Anti-poverty programs, including the Community Services Block Grant Act and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); Pension and retirement security for U.S. workers; Access to quality health care for working families and other employee benefits; Job training, adult education, and workforce development initiatives, including those under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), to help local communities train and retrain workers; Continuing the successful welfare reforms of 1996; Protecting the democratic rights of individual union members; Worker health and safety, including occupational safety and health; Providing greater choices and flexibility (including "comp time" or family time options) to working women and men; Equal employment opportunity and civil rights in employment; Wages and hours of labor, including the Fair Labor Standards Act; Workers' compensation, and family and medical leave; All matters dealing with relationships between employers and employees.

Hello everyone! My name is Graelin Mandel, and I am a freshman at the Wharton School and a Deputy Program Director for Penn Model Congress this year. I participated in Model Congress at my high school in Great Neck, Long Island for four years, and I was president of my school’s Model Congress Club in my fourth year! In college, I am a Joseph Wharton Scholar, a part of the Speakers’ Committee for the Wharton Undergraduate Real Estate Club, a founding board member of Wharton’s Fintech and Blockchain Club, a member of Tamid (an Israeli consulting and investment group), and a member of Wharton Women. I would love to hear from you! Reach out to me if you have any questions about bill writing, model congress in general, and anything related to Penn at large at! I am excited to meet you this March!

Hi everyone! My name is Dillon and I'm a freshman in the Wharton School at Penn. I'm from West Harrison, NY, and I attended Harrison High School where I participated in Model Congress for 4 years. Outside of Model Congress, I also volunteer with Relay for Life to fight to eradicate cancer. I am on the Conference Prep Committee this year for our 2017 conference, so please don't hesitate to reach out with any and all questions regarding the conference, bills, parliamentary procedure, or Penn/life in general. My email is I am looking forward to meeting you all and to an amazing conference!


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