Senator Collins has a strong record of supporting education at all levels, including promoting early childhood education; improving our public school system for kindergarten through 12th grade; and working to increase the affordability of higher education. As a member of the Senate Appropriations and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committees, Senator Collins will continue to work to ensure that Congress provides robust funding and targeted legislation for the most effective educational programs aimed at helping teachers and students.
Senator Collins has made engaging with Maine’s students and faculty a top priority, visiting nearly 200 schools during her time as a Senator.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and David Perdue (R-GA) announced that their bipartisan resolution to designate October 2019 as National Farm to School Month was passed by the Senate unanimously. Farm to School programs across the country increase access to local foods in schools, which helps enhance food education for children while also boosting economic opportunities for farmers.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the Senate has advanced a funding bill she authored by a vote of 84-9 that included $300 million for the acquisition of a new training vessel for Maine Maritime Academy (MMA).
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tina Smith (D-MN), members of the Senate Education Committee, announced that their bipartisan resolution recognizing October 2019 as National Principals Month passed the Senate unanimously. This resolution recognizes the important role principals play in ensuring that every child has access to a high-quality education.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tina Smith (D-MN) praised the unanimous Senate passage last night of their resolution recognizing Lights on Afterschool, a celebration of afterschool programs nationwide.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined Chris Coons (D-DE), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with U.S. Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Jim Langevin (D-RI), and Don Young (R-AK), in sending a letter urging U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) has been awarded a five-year, $2,249,810 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to bolster student services in career development. The funding will help students, particularly those who qualify as low-income, earn degrees in computer science and health administration by contributing to a computer lab and health administration learning center.
PORTLAND, MAINE—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Jared Golden (ME-02) today announced the award of $1.6 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Sea Grant program to the University of Maine.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded Cape Elizabeth High School, Fruit Street School in Bangor, and Yarmouth High School on being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools. These Maine schools are three of only 362 public and private schools across the nation being recognized for this achievement in 2019.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tom Udall (D-NM) announced that the fiscal year 2020 Department of Agriculture funding bill includes a provision they authored that directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action to curb the practice of lunch shaming.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the Appropriations Committee advanced a funding bill she authored that included $300 million for the acquisition of a new training vessel for Maine Maritime Academy (MMA).
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Portland, ME — U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that Madison Sarka, a native of Cape Elizabeth, was awarded a summer internship in her Portland office. Madison is a 2018 graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School and is the daughter of Gregory and Susan Sarka of Cape Elizabeth.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $6,000,000 to the University of Maine (UMaine). These resources will help establish a digital monitoring system which will be used to track changes in Maine’s forest ecosystem. The system will help users better assess, understand and forecast changes that directly impact the future of Maine’s forest economy.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with a group of 17 students who are participating in the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Upward Bound Program in her Washington, D.C., office. The students, as well as program coordinator Danette Madore, went on a tour of the U.S. Capitol.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $3,354,677 to the Maine State Housing Authority (MaineHousing) to combat youth homelessness throughout the State of Maine. This funding will benefit housing partners across the state, including: New Beginnings in Lewiston, Shaw House in Bangor, and Preble Street in Portland.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that two Maine projects – one at Bowdoin College and one at the University of Maine (UMaine) – would receive $100,000 each from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS) to research and construct mass timber, or cross-laminated timber (CLT), buildings on college campuses across the country.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) and Maine Humanities Council in Portland have each received $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The funding will be used to enhance humanities discussion programs at each Maine organization.