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.

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  • 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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Mar 22, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), along with Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) today introduced the “Prepare All Kids Act,” which would help states provide voluntary high quality pre-kindergarten programs that will prepare children-- particularly low-income children-- for a successful start in elementary school.  The bill is the House companion to S. 502, introduced by Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) earlier this month.

Sep 26, 2011 Press Release

New York, NY – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) applauded a $19.86 million federal grant awarded today to City University of New York’s community colleges that will help them train workers who want to change careers – a vital need during this time of high unemployment. 

Apr 8, 2011 Press Release

“Dennis Walcott is an excellent choice to lead the Department of Education.  In working with him, I have found him to be deeply committed to our city’s children and responsive to the educational needs of the district I represent.  I look forward to working with him to address school overcrowding in my district, waitlists, and other challenges facing our school system in the years ahead.  I know that Dennis and Mayor Bloomberg are dedicated to ensuring that all our city’s children receive a world-class education.”


Aug 25, 2010 Press Release
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney today applauded the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement that New York is among the winners of Phase 2 of the “Race to the Top” program. New York is now eligible for up to $700 million in federal funding, in exchange for enacting education reforms such as adopting more stringent standards for student and teacher performance and increasing the number of charter schools.
Aug 10, 2010 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today hailed the House passage of the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, which provides $10 billion in funding to create an Education Jobs Fund that is projected to save more than 161,000 teacher jobs nationwide. It also provides $16.1 billion in Medicaid assistance to the states that, by reducing state budget shortfalls and stimulating the economy, will save and create an additional 158,000 jobs and help prevent the layoffs of police officers and firefighters.
Nov 3, 2008 Press Release
Queens, NY – Thursday evening, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and representatives from the Sallie Mae Fund held a “Paying for College” workshop for students and their families at the Cretan Association of New York in Long Island City.  At the workshop, experts from Sallie Mae gave students and parents information on applying to and paying for college, including accessing grants, scholarships, and other financial aid.
Jul 20, 2008 Press Release
New York, NY - Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Borough President Scott Stringer, Senator Tom Duane, Assemblymember Dick Gottfried, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, Councilmember Dan Garodnick and concerned parents joined forces today outside Public School 116 in east Midtown to urge immediate action by the City Department of Education to relieve serious overcrowding at the school.  The officials and parents released a fact sheet (below) detailing the growing crisis at P.S. 116, a K-5 school that is currently operating at 113% of capacity.
Jun 22, 2008 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) issued the following statement on the 36th Anniversary of Title IX, the federal statute prohibiting sex discrimination in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance:

Jun 3, 2008 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), a lifelong advocate for reading and early education, today reintroduced the Access to Books for Children Act, or ABC Act (H.R. 6175).  Maloney’s legislation would provide low-income infants and children participating in The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) with vouchers to purchase educational books.

Apr 28, 2008 Press Release
Washington, D.C.: Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney expressed her strong support for a new “G.I. Bill” to give veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan educational opportunities on par with those afforded to returnees from World War II.  H.R. 5740, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, would provide Iraq or Afghanistan veterans who have served 3 years on active duty with benefits to cover the costs of a four-year public college education, along with a stipend for housing, books and other expenses.  Current veterans' education benefits cover only about 60% of the cost of a four-year degree.