As a former educator, Congresswoman Maloney understands the importance of a quality education. She is a strong advocate for college affordability, investing in K-12 schools, and providing early childhood education for all families. She also is a national leader in the fight to prevent sexual assault on college campuses.
School investments: Throughout her career, Congresswoman Maloney has advocated for strong federal investment in schools, including Title I funds to help schools that serve low-income students and School Improvement Grants to turn around low-performing schools.
Early childhood education programs: Congresswoman Maloney has introduced the Prepare All Kids Act to promote the development of early-childhood education programs to make sure that all children arrive at Kindergarten prepared to learn. Today all students in New York City are eligible for pre-kindergarten at the age of four thanks to the efforts of the City and State governments. Congresswoman Maloney believes universal pre-k should be available to all students nationwide.
Affordable higher education: Congresswoman Maloney understands that one of the most effective ways we can ensure a strong future and address inequality is by making higher education widely accessible. She is an advocate of the Pell Grant, a government grant for college tuition, and other initiatives to provide all students with the chance at a college education. The Congresswoman has also cosponsored the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. This legislation would allow federal and private student loan borrowers to refinance their existing student loans to lower interest rates, similar to those that are currently available to new student loan borrowers, thereby saving students and families thousands of dollars.
Campus safety: Every day, women across American college campuses face sexual assaults. Congresswoman Maloney believes it is everyone’s job to advocate for making college campuses safer for women. She introduced the Campus SAVE Act and the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, two bipartisan bills intended to achieve this goal and challenge universities to create safer environments.
- High school creation: In New York, Congresswoman Maloney worked to create new educational options for high-school students and relieve school overcrowding in lower grades. She co-chaired task forces that led to the creation of the Eleanor Roosevelt High School and PS 151. She also worked with her colleagues in government to create the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School, PS 78, PS 267 and the development of new facilities for other schools, including East Side Middle School, which moved to its new building in 2010.
- Legislation: The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, passed as part of the 2013 Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, holds college campus law enforcement agencies accountable by requiring annual reports on the number of sexual offenses on their campuses, so policymakers and activists can identify trends and best practices. The law also improves training for campus staff and clarifies standards for disciplinary procedures to improve accountability.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) reintroduced the Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act to increase opportunities for underrepresented populations in STEM fields as more and more U.S. jobs require a STEM education. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) is introducing the companion bill in the Senate.
New York, NY –Today, Rep. Carolyn Maloney joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Secretary Hillary Clinton at LaGuardia College where the Governor signed into law the Excelsior Scholarship program, a first-in-the nation program to offer free tuition to all New York public colleges and universities for New York families earning up to $125,000 annually. Years of tuition increases have threatened to put higher education out of reach for many working-class families.
Today, the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice issued a “Dear Colleague” letter to inform schools of their Title IX obligations with regard to transgender students, including a notice that schools must allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker room facilities consistent with their gender identity. In response to this stance for transgender rights, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued the following statement:
QUEENS— Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) delivered more than 250 new books to schools today in New York City School District 30 in an effort to boost literacy and a love of reading in New York schools. Rep. Maloney partnered with Zone 126, an organization that focuses on building a cradle-to-career pipeline for children in Queens, who requested these books on behalf of the schools with whom they work. Together, Rep. Maloney and Zone 126 distributed fiction, non-fiction, and test prep books at an event at P.S. 171 Peter G.
WASHINGTON – This afternoon Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) attended a State Department luncheon and performance by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping. As part of the luncheon NYO-USA performed several pieces, including Leonard Bernstein’s “America” from West Side Story. Maloney and Rep.
WASHINGTON – According to the Department of Justice, more than 290,000 Americans are victims of rape and sexual assault each year, and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 consistently experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence. Three Members of Congress say that the solution starts with teaching safe relationships.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and a bipartisan coalition of other House members will soon introduce the House companion to the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), which was today unveiled by a bipartisan group of eight Senators. Maloney introduced similar legislation in the 113th Congress with a bipartisan group of 18 House members.
WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today released the following statement applauding Governor Cuomo and the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees on adopting a resolution to implement a comprehensive, system-wide and uniform set of practices to combat sexual assaults on SUNY campuses.
Long Island City, NY—Sept. 30, 2014—LaGuardia Community College was awarded a highly competitive “First in the World” Grant intended to improve student retention and graduation rates among low income and minority students.