Education

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.

Select Highlights

  • 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

Jan 18, 2007 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) voiced her strong support for H.R. 5, The College Student Relief Act, which will cut federal student loan interest rates in half over the next five years.  Maloney voted to approve the measure, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 356 - 71. 
Sep 17, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – As hundreds of thousands of New York City students head back to college this fall, they’re paying more for their education and not getting the help they need to meet rising expenses.  Today, Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn & Queens), Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens), Eliot Engel (D-Bronx), Gary Ackerman (D-Queens), Joseph Crowley (D-Queens & the Bronx), Edolphus Towns (D-Brooklyn) and Major Owens (D-Brooklyn) released a new report showing that tuition at SUNY and CUNY schools has soared 30% over the past four years while federal student aid has hardly kept pace and household income has remained flat (text of report).
Jun 26, 2006 Press Release
New York, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) urged the Bush Administration to reverse a controversial policy that will hamper enforcement of Title IX, a landmark law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally-funded education programs.
May 5, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - In a major boost to legislation that would bolster awareness about the Holocaust in the United States, Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s (D-NY) Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Education Act (H.R. 4604) has been introduced in the Senate (S. 2651) by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). The Wiesenthal Act would establish federal grants – $2 million a year for five years – for educational institutions to teach about the Holocaust and its larger lessons. Many Holocaust education programs are currently struggling for resources.

Dec 22, 2005 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Legislation introduced by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D- Manhattan, Queens) would increase the federal government's support for programs to educate Americans about the Holocaust. Maloney’s bill, the Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Education Assistance Act, took on an added urgency in light of Iranian President Ahmadinejad's recent allegations that the Holocaust is a "myth."
Oct 5, 2005 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Members of Congress are pushing for continued federal investment in educational opportunities for women. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and 23 colleagues are urging the House Appropriations Committee to follow the Senate’s lead by awarding $3,000,000 in funding for the Women’s Educational Equality Act (WEEA) – which provides practical resources such as training and materials to enable women to succeed in the educational system. In a letter sent today to Appropriations Chairman Jerry Lewis and Ranking Member David Obey, Maloney called for the committee’s continued support for the women’s education program (http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/100505ltrWEEA.pdf).
Jun 20, 2005 Press Release
 QUEENS, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) announced $72,750 in federal funds for the Queens Borough Library to aid in building a new, free-standing library serving the new Queens West community and the under-served Hunters Point neighborhood.
Jun 3, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Maloney and eleven of her colleagues recently sent a letter to the Appropriations Committee to stop deep cuts to the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO Programs (Upward Bound, Math and Science Upward Bound and Talent Search). If these cuts are approved, the state of New York would lose over $18 million and 50 programs serving over 19,000 young New Yorkers. The President’s FY2006 budget includes a cut of $456 million nationwide for this program. (List of the institutions that host these programs in New York State)
Jun 14, 2004 Press Release
LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (Queens, Manhattan) joined students, parents, teachers and community leaders in a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the new Information Technology High School of Long Island City, Queens. The ceremony celebrated the school’s first successful year of operation, its arrival at a permanent location in Long Island City (21-16 44 Road), and honored many of the people who helped to create and support the school.
Feb 10, 2004 Press Release

QUEENS, NY - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) will be announcing today a $150,000 federal appropriation for LaGuardia Community College to assist in the development of the college's business incubator program designed to accelerate the growth of fledgling design and production firms in western Queens.

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