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 – 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.
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.
“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.”
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:
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.