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

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.
Apr 15, 2008 Press Release

New York, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) and Comptroller Bill Thompson along with Borough President Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, State Senator Liz Krueger, State Senator Tom Duane, State Senator Martin Connor, Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, Assemblyman Micah Kellner, Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, Councilman Dan Garodnick, Councilwoman Jessica Lappin, Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, and Councilman Alan Gerson sent a letter to Chancellor Joel Klein calling for a meeting to discuss the severe overcrowding problem in School District 2.

Jan 27, 2008 Press Release

New York, NY - Last Thursday, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) organized a meeting with the Department of Education, representatives of Manhattan Community Board 6 and the East Midtown Coalition for Sensible Development (EMCSD), the Principal, the PTA and parents from P.S. 116 and other elected officials including Councilman Dan Garodnick, Councilwoman Jessica Lappin, Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, State Senator Tom Duane, and State Senator Liz Krueger to discuss severe overcrowding problem at elementary schools in East Midtown. At the meeting, Maloney called on the Department of Education to come up with a viable plan to alleviate the severe overcrowding at P.S. 116 and present it at a follow up meeting in 6 weeks.

Jan 6, 2008 Press Release
New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) announced more than $637,000 in federal funding for four aid programs for at-risk New York City kids.  The New York Center for Children was awarded more than $167,000 for its programs for abused children; the 92nd St. Y received $258,500 for its Education Outreach to Underserved Children and Adults Program; Solar One received $164,500 for its Programs for At-Risk Youth; and El Museo del Barrio will get $47,000 in federal funding for its after school programs. 
Oct 29, 2007 Press Release
Queens, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) and U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that LaGuardia Community College, a nationally renowned college located in Queens, New York was awarded three highly competitive grants totaling over $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education to build upon and further develop their award-winning teaching innovations.  The largest award--a $2.7 million Title V grant--will enable the college to strengthen instruction, assessment and student advisement.  Another $1.25 million, 5-year award from the Veterans Upward Bound Program supports expansion of the college's services for veterans.  The third $620,000 award from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) will enable LaGuardia-an innovator in the use of electronic portfolios (ePortfolios)--to help other colleges to use ePortfolios to enhance learning and assess their students' growth.
Oct 2, 2007 Press Release
New York, NY – In advance of a Community Board 6 hearing this evening on the East River Realty Company’s development plan for the former Con Edison Waterside site, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) wrote to the New York City Department of Education urging that the massive East Side development’s planned community space be used to house a new public school.