Education

An investment in our future

Carolyn Maloney started her career working as an ESL teacher with children in East Harlem. When the program was cut, her colleagues elected her to lobby for its restoration - and she won. Carolyn advocates with that same passion for students and teachers today and has carried her commitment to students throughout her career. She remains steadfast in her mission of increasing access to education, from advocating for the elimination of student debt to increasing the number of public schools in New York City.

  • Pushing to establish universal pre-K, modeled after the New York City system, at the national level.

 

  • Supporting tax credits for businesses and unions that offer career training and apprenticeships in order to strengthen and diversify the workforce and increase access to hands-on instruction. 

 

  • Fighting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s decision to give more protections to individuals accused of sexual assault on college campuses and promoting the reinstatement of crucial Title-IX provisions.

 

  • Advocating federal investment in schools, particularly those serving low-income neighborhoods. In addition to funding pre-existing schools, Carolyn has pushed for the creation of new institutions in overcrowded neighborhoods. In NY-12, she has worked with the community to establish Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School, and PS 267, and worked to get the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. 

 

  • Sponsored and passed H.R. 943: Never Again Education Act. Passed this Congress, this act provides resources to teachers with which to battle hatred and intolerance and teach about the harm of discrimination and oppression. 

 

  • Sponsor, H.R. 2709: Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act of 2017. Facilitates the diversification of the previously homogenous STEM field.

 

  • Sponsor, H.R. 2016: Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act. Introduced in 2011, this bill fights to ensure the safety of students on college campuses by addressing the pervasive issue of campus sexual assaults and increasing the transparency and efficiency with which institutions respond. 

 

  • Sponsor, H.R. 1949: Campus Accountability and Safety Act of 2017. Increases the reporting specifications for campus sexual assaults. 

 

  • Sponsor, H.R. 2184: Prepare All Kids Act of 2009. Establishes a fund for qualified providers to expand their offerings to young students and introduces a variety of conditions including a new student to teacher ratio. 

 

  • Sponsor, H.R. 6217: Access to Books for Children Act of 2006. Supplies vouchers for parents to purchase educational children’s books in order to expand access to informative reading materials. 

 

  • Co-Sponsor, H.R. 1707: Bank on Students Emergency Refinancing Act. Allows students to refinance their loans to lower interest rates, saving families substantial sums of money. Her backing of this transformative bill is just one demonstration of Carolyn’s support for programs and legislation that makes higher education more affordable: she is also a fierce advocate for the Pell Grant Program. Introduced in 2019 by Rep. Joe Courtney. 

 

  • Co-Sponsor, H.R. 3448: Student Debt Cancellation Act of 2019. This bill would eliminate $1.5 trillion in student debt by forgiving outstanding Federal and private student loans. Introduced by Rep. Ilhan Omar.

 

  • Co-Sponsor, H.R. 1880: College for All Act of 2017. Amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish a grant program, eliminating tuition and required fees for students at community colleges, two-year tribal colleges, and universities and working and middle-class students at four-year public colleges and universities.

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