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. – In response to new guidance issued earlier this week declaring that international students must take in-person classes to remain in the United States legally, U.S.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that a total of nearly $250,000 has been awarded to the Cumberland County Food Security Council, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and the Maine School Administrative District 30 to support child nutrition programs for the upcoming school year. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School program.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $2,256,784 to Waldo Community Action Partners for Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
Washington D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine Head Start programs have been awarded a total of $2,650,659 to support low-income families during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding was awarded through the CARES Act.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Jon Tester (D-MT), andLisa Murkowski (R-AK), are leading a bipartisan group of 40 Senators in pressing congressional leadership to include significant funding for the Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) in any upcoming coronavirus relief package. Senator Angus King (I-ME) co-signed the letter.
Washington, D.C. — To honor our nation's teachers and commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8), U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) led a bipartisan resolution to recognize the important work of teachers across the nation and thank them for their efforts to prepare students for success.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Education Committee, announced today that Maine institutions of higher education will receive an additional $2,947,301 in funding through the CARES Act. Last month, Senator Collins announced more than $41 million for Maine’s colleges and universities.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Education Committee, announced today that Maine will receive a total of $43,793,319 through the CARES Act to support K-12 students whose educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus.
Education leaders will have the flexibility to use funds for immediate needs, such as tools and resources for distance education, ensuring student health and safety, and developing and implementing plans for the next school year.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Education Committee, announced today that Maine received a $9,273,552 block grant to support K-12 and postsecondary education in the state.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Education Committee, announced today that Maine institutions of higher education will receive a total of $41,092,834 in the first round of funding for colleges and universities through the CARES Act. Of that amount, at least $20,546,425 must be used for emergency financial aid grants to students.
Washington, D.C.—On behalf of the more than 82,000 students in Maine who qualify to participate in the National School Lunch Program, Maine’s Congressional Delegation wrote to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him to immediately use new authorities Congress has granted him to increase low-income students’ access to meals.
Washington, D.C.—More than 100 Maine school districts were expected to lose a total of $1.2 million due to a misguided new policy at the Department of Education. Senator Collins strongly opposed this change and led a successful, bipartisan effort to reverse it.
Washington, D.C. — Following the Department of Education’s announcement to halt a change to the methodology that determines which rural schools are eligible for funding through the Rural Low-Income Schools (RLIS) program, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released a statement on this major win for more than 800 rural, low-income schools nationwide:
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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) renewed their commitment to encouraging healthy reading habits among young Americans by introducing a bipartisan resolution designating today, March 2, 2020, as “Read Across America Day.” The resolution was unanimously passed by the Senate.
Washington, D.C. —U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jon Tester (D-MT) are joining students, teachers, and administrators from across the country to celebrate Public Schools Week, a nationwide initiative to highlight the importance of America’s public education system. Senators Collins and Tester are leading the Senate resolution designating this week (February 24 – 28) as Public Schools Week.
Maine is the most rural state in the country. Two out of three Maine schools are in rural communities, and more than half of Maine students attend those schools. While nearly 90 percent of the students in our State graduate from high school, only 62 percent enroll in higher education right away. According to a recent report by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, only 30 percent of Maine students go on to earn a two-year or four-year degree.
Senator Collins coauthored the law directing this funding to rural schools
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Midcoast Maine Community Action Program and Aroostook Micmac Council have received a total of $1,657,710 for their Head Start programs.
“Head Start programs are instrumental in ensuring that children cultivate new skills and receive educational opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “We welcome this important investment in Maine families.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the Town of Kittery has received $500,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The federal funding will support the renovation and expansion of Rice Public Library.