What Hank believes:
- High-quality education (like health care) must be a right of all Americans, not a privilege.
- Chronic underinvestment in education seriously threatens America’s future competitiveness and well-being.
- The single most important investment we can make is in the literacy, aptitude, productivity, and enlightenment of all Americans, young and old.
- We must strive to make college and higher education a possibility for all Americans who are eager to achieve that level of scholarship and post-secondary and training/re-training opportunities available to everyone.
- Teaching is among the noblest and most essential callings in society and should be rewarded accordingly.
- Massive inequality within our educational system effectively condemns Americans living in poor and under-served communities to economic hardship.
What Hank has done:
- Launched his 2020 AppChallenge competition and application process for Military Academies.
- Cosponsored H.R. 2475, the Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2017, to allocate federal funds to the improvement of public school infrastructure.
- Cosponsored H.R. 137, the Stopping Abusive Student Loan Collection Practices in Bankruptcy Act of 2017, to amend title 11 of the United States Code to stop abusive student loan collection practices in bankruptcy cases.
- Cosponsored H.R. 6537, the Education Department Civil Rights Transparency Act, to require the Secretary of Education to annually report on the Federal civil rights violations of educational institutions, and for other purposes.
- Cosponsored H.R. 6525, the Higher Education Dream Act of 2018, To prohibit discrimination in higher education against certain undocumented students on the basis of immigration status, and for other purposes.
- Cosponsored H.R. 6184, the Patsy T. Mink and Louise M. Slaughter Gender Equity in Education Act of 2018, to support educational entities in fully implementing title IX and reducing and preventing sex discrimination in all areas of education.
- Cosponsored H.R. 6137, the Guarantee Access to Arts and Music Education Act of 2018 or the GAAME Act of 2018, to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to expand access to school-wide arts and music programs, and for other purposes.
- Cosponsored H.R. 5814, Educators Expense Deduction Modernization Act, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the deduction for certain expenses of elementary and secondary school teachers.
What Hank will do:
- Work to drive more funding to struggling public schools.
- Work to protect the futures of college students and other post-secondary students who have taken on debt to attend school.
- Support significant increases in funding for public education nationwide, including full funding of neglected No Child Left Behind mandates.
- Continue to insist that teaching is a vital profession and ought to be rewarded with dramatically higher pay; we must make teaching a career that will lure America’s best and brightest.
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Congressman Hank Johnson is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia’s 4th Congressional District. He works to empower underserved minority communities and help ex-offenders reenter society after incarceration.
Congressman Hank Johnson, D-Ga., announced his 2020 U.S. Service Academy nominations in February, and the list includes four Gwinnett students.
Brookwood High School’s Natalie Chavez, South Gwinnett High’s Allyja French and Nathaniel Poteat and Mountain View High School’s Amirah Rogers are part of a list of 20 students nominated by Johnson.
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA — Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced the winners of his 2020 Congressional Arts Competition and awarded four college scholarships worth a total of $35,000 on March 7 at the Art Station in Stone Mountain.
STONE MOUNTAIN— On Feb. 18, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced his office nominated 20 students to attend a U.S. Service Academy: Military Academy (West Point), Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy and the ROTC Congressional Scholarship Initiative.
The Congressman also honored two Fourth District veterans who served their country and home and abroad. The reception was held at Stone Mountain’s Art Station.
The Congressman’s office will announce official service academy appointments between May and June.
DECATUR, GA — Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) today announced the opening of this year’s Congressional Arts Competition for all high school students who reside or attend a school in Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District.
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
Rep. Johnson’s Work Defending Children Recognized By Leading Youth Advocate Group
DECATUR, GA – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced he received an “A” from the Children’s Defense Fund’s non-partisan Legislative Report Card takes a comprehensive look at the legislative work each member of Congress has done on behalf of our children.
Sweeping Bill Implements a Series of Common-Sense Reforms to Address Deadly Crisis
Gun Violence Prevention Activists Applaud Warren-Johnson Leadership, Bold Action on Guns
CLARKSTON, GA — On Thursday, February 20, Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson (GA-04) will host his Restoration Resources Fair for ex-offenders, previously incarcerated, returning citizens or those caught up in the system.
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ATLANTA, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) delivered the following remarks at the 52nd annual MLK, Jr. Commemorative Service:
“To deny a person the right to exercise their political freedom at the polls,” said Dr. King, “Is no less a dastardly act as to deny a Christian the right to petition God in prayer.”
Standing here with you today in this sacred space, the wisdom of Dr. King’s words, ring true.
CONYERS — On Sunday, Jan. 12, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) hosted his inaugural Unsung Hero Awards at the Black Box Theatre.
Johnson honored 20 leaders from DeKalb, Rockdale Gwinnett and Newton counties who go above and beyond their job descriptions to give back to their communities and assist the constituents of Georgia’s Fourth District. Read More