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.
Kennebunk, ME – U.S. Senator Susan Collins delivered remarks at the Kennebunk High School Graduation Breakfast at St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Kennebunk. Approximately 175 students and faculty members attended the event.
Washington, D.C. - To honor our nation's teachers and commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Week, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize the important work of teachers across the nation and thank them for their work to prepare students for success. The resolution passed the Senate by unanimous consent.
Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution, authored by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Patty Murray (D-WA), designating February 5 through February 9 as “National School Counseling Week.” The resolution seeks to increase awareness of the important and necessary role school counselors play in the lives of students in the United States. Recognizing the work of school counselors is especially important as schools across the country face budgetary pressures and are often forced to make difficult cuts to school counseling.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced their nominees to the United States Military Academies. To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, applicants must be nominated by an authorized nominating source, which includes Members of Congress. Admission to the United States Coast Guard Academy, also a federal service academy, does not require a congressional nomination.
BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded a grant totaling $388,000 to the University of Maine at Orono to study potato breeding and improve quality and pest resistance in the eastern United States.
Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Susan Collins met today with Conners-Emerson School Principal Barbara Neilly and teacher Rebecca Edmondson in her Washington, D.C., office. Earlier this year, Conners-Emerson School in Bar Harbor was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School.
Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with Falmouth Elementary School Principal Gloria Noyes and physical education teacher Kathy Earle in her Washington, D.C., office. In September, Falmouth Elementary School was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School. Falmouth Elementary School is one of only three Maine schools—and one of only 342 public and private schools nationwide—to be recognized for this highly prestigious achievement in 2017.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Al Franken (D-MN) praised the unanimous Senate passage of their resolution last night recognizing Lights on Afterschool, a celebration of afterschool programs nationwide.
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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with Daniel Welch, the principal of Boothbay Region High School, in her Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Welch is the recipient of the 2017 Maine Principal Association’s (MPA) Principal of the Year Award.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the University of Southern Maine (USM) will receive $263,938 through the U.S. Department of Education’s Veterans Upward Bound Program. This is the first time Maine has received this grant, which is designed to help veterans who are the first in their family to attend college develop the skills necessary to succeed in postsecondary education programs.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded Fourteenth Street School in Bangor, Connors-Emerson School in Bar Harbor, and Falmouth Elementary School for being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools. These Maine schools are three of only 342 public and private schools across the nation being recognized for this achievement in 2017.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded $1.5 million to the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. The funding will be used to support a $3 million project to replace an existing pier, renovate the Flowing Seawater Laboratory, and construct three new laboratory spaces. Approximately 50 jobs are expected to be created through this project.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that two Maine organizations will receive a total of $5,355,169 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Kennebec Valley Community Action Program will receive $3,272,520 and Waldo Community Action Partners will receive $2,082,649.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Education Committee, announced today that the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) will receive $639,257 in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound Program. Upward Bound helps low-income, first-generation, and other students from disadvantaged backgrounds pursue higher education.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a total of $1,090,552 to the University of Maine to support four research projects.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) reintroduced the School Food Modernization Act today. Their bipartisan bill would establish a loan guarantee, grant, and technical assistance program to help schools provide healthier meals to students across the country.
Washington, D.C. - This week, Kathleen Smith, the Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, wrote to U.S. Senator Susan Collins, informing her that the Department is notifying the University of Maine at Presque Isle and several other institution’s that their Upward Bound applications are being reviewed.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with a group of Woolwich Central School students, parents, and teachers who traveled to Washington, D.C., for the 8th grade class’ annual trip.