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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More on Education

Apr 1, 2014 Press Release

NEW YORK – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement of $36,046,044 provided through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program for NY schools. The funds will be used to turn around persistently lowest-achieving schools.

Jan 30, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Thirty-nine Members of Congress today joined Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-CA)  in sending a bipartisan letter to the Department of Education urging the Department to take immediate action to combat sexual assault on college campuses. The members call for new policy guidance to improve transparency of campus data, investigations, and enforcement actions, and provide additional guidance for responding to same-sex violence and gender identity discrimination. They also urge Education to pursue aggressive interagency solutions with the Department of Justice for more aggressive enforcement.

Jan 2, 2014 Press Release

New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today issued the following statement congratulating Carmen Farina on being named Schools Chancellor

Oct 25, 2013 Press Release

Brooklyn, NY -  Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined President Barack Obama today at a visit to Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in Brooklyn, NY. Maloney praised the President’s call for investments that train the next generation of American workers and create jobs.

Jun 29, 2013 Press Release

New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Congressman Charles Rangel (NY-13) and Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY-5) stood in solidarity with students and members of higher education advocacy groups near Hunter College today to demand that Congress act immediately to stem the doubling of student loan interest rates.

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.