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. 

U.S. Senator Susan Collins Announces UPMI to receive $639,000 for Upward Bound Program

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.

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Department of Education Attributes Decision to Review Upward Bound Applications by UMPI and Other Institutions to Provisions Championed by Senator Collins

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.

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Collins, King Announce Nearly $3 Million in Funding for Head Start in Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that two Maine organizations will receive a total of $2,961,181 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Aroostook County Action Program will receive $1,542,207 and Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation will receive $1,418,974.

 

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Maine Delegation Announces U.S. Department of Education Agrees to Review University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Upward Bound Grant Application

Washington, D.C. — Following a months’ long bipartisan push from the Maine Delegation, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representatives Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree announced today that the U.S. Department of Education has agreed to review an application submitted by the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) that was previously rejected due to minor formatting issues. The Maine delegation has repeatedly raised this issue to the U.S.

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Senator Collins Leads Bipartisan Resolution to Honor Our Nation's Teachers

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.

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Senators Collins, Tester Urge Education Department to Reverse the Rejection of Dozens of Upward Bound Applications over Minor Formatting Issues

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jon Tester (D-MT) wrote a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today, calling her attention to a provision in the fiscal year (FY) 2017 funding bill that “strongly encourage[s]” the Department of Education to allow institutions to resubmit corrected applications for the Upward Bound program. Senators Collins and Tester’s letter was signed by 19 bipartisan Senators, including Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Following Push from Senator Collins, Budget Agreement Urges Department of Education to Reverse Absurd Bureaucratic Decision that Jeopardizes Future Success of Nearly 1,000 Maine Students

Washington, D.C. - Following a push led by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the budget agreement released Sunday night included language urging the U.S. Department of Education to allow the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) and other institutions to fix minor formatting issues on grant applications for the Upward Bound competition.

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Sens. Collins, Tester Urge Education Dept. to Reverse Decisions to Reject Grant Applications for First Generation College Students Due to Minor Formatting Issues

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) led a group of 23 Senators, including Senator Angus King (I-ME), in calling on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reverse course and review dozens of applications for grant funding for first generation college students. The Department recently rejected these applications due to ridiculous formatting requirements. 

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Maine Delegation Announces Service Academy Information Night

Washington, D.C. — The Maine Delegation will be hosting an upcoming Military Academy Seminar in cooperation with the Maine Maritime Academy in Bangor on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road, from 6 – 8 p.m. Doors open and registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

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Senator Collins Honored with the GRAMMYs on the Hill Award by the Recording Academy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins received the GRAMMYs on the Hill Award in honor of her being an outstanding champion of music programs. Kara DioGuardi, a York County resident, musician, and former “American Idol” judge, presented Senator Collins with the award. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Collins has long worked to secure essential funding for the arts.

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Senator Collins Receives PTA Congressional Voice for Children Award

Washington, D.C. — The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) honored U.S. Senator Susan Collins today with its 2017 Congressional Voice for Children Award for her “outstanding leadership and commitment to improving education and advancing issues impacting children’s health and well-being.” Maine PTA President Tracy Walker and Maine PTA Vice President Haley Tripp presented the award to Senator Collins in her Washington, D.C., office.

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Senator Collins Visits University of New England’s College of Dental Medicine

Washington, D.C. — In advance of the University of New England’s first graduating class from the College of Dental Medicine, U.S. Senator Susan Collins was led on a tour of the facility by UNE President Danielle Ripich and the Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Jon Ryder. During the tour, Senator Collins met dental students and was shown the simulation clinic and wet lab of the Oral Health Center.

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Collins, King Announce More Than $2.5 Million in Funding for Head Start in Maine

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that two Maine organizations will receive a total of $2,559,275 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Midcoast Maine Community Action will receive $1,331,706, and Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care will receive $1,227,569.

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Collins, King Announce $3.7 Million Preschool Development Grant in Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have awarded $3,735,439 in grant funding to the State of Maine to continue to expand access to high-quality preschool for children from low-income families.

 

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