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. 

Senators Collins, King Announce $8.6 Million Loan for Ecology School in Saco


Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced that the Ecology School in Saco has been awarded an $8,660,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Rural Development.  This investment will be used to construct an environmentally friendly 7,000 square-foot dining commons and a 9,000 square-foot dormitory.



Collins, King Announce Nearly $1.4 Million for Head Start in York County

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that York County Community Action Corporation received $1,389,483 for its Head Start program.


“Head Start provides children with a strong educational foundation that allows them to grow and succeed,” Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement. “This important funding will help build an educational foundation for children in York County and provide parents with access to the services they need during their children’s formative years.”



Collins, Brown Lead 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) 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.  Their resolution passed the Senate by unanimous consent last night.



Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Legislation to Prohibit School 'Lunch Shaming'

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) joined Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in introducing legislation to prohibit school “lunch shaming” – the practice of discriminating against or stigmatizing children who have outstanding credit or don't have enough money to pay for meals at school.


Senators Collins, King Announce More than $900,000 for Head Start in Kennebec and Somerset Counties

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP) received $921,395 for its Early Head Start program in Kennebec and Somerset Counties.


“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 in Kennebec and Somerset counties.”



King, Collins Applaud Creation of Mass Timber University Grant Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins today applauded an announcement from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) that they have partnered to initiate the Mass Timber University Grant Program. The new grant program aims to promote the construction of mass timber buildings on American higher education campuses throughout the country.


Collins, Kaine Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address Nationwide Teacher and Principal Shortages

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the Preparing and Retaining Education Professionals (PREP) Act to address teacher and principal shortages, especially in rural communities. This legislation will help ensure that there are enough teachers and principals with the right skills and tools to prepare students for the future.



Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Bill to Ensure Teachers and Police Officers Get Full Social Security Benefits

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in introducing bipartisan legislation that would ensure public sector workers and their families can receive the full Social Security benefits to which they are entitled. The Senators’ bill, the Social Security Fairness Act, would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO).



Senators Collins, King Announce $789,659 Climate Change Research Grant for Gulf of Maine Research Institute

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) today announced that National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) $789,659 in grant funding to examine the impact of a warming climate on growth and population patterns in cod and lobster. The study will also document marine habitat shifts across the northwest Atlantic caused by rising temperatures.



Collins, King-Backed Bill Will Encourage Employers to Help Pay Off Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) this week cosponsored bipartisan legislation to help Americans tackle their student loan debt. The Employer Participation in Repayment Act would allow employers to contribute up to $5,250 tax-free to their employees’ student loans – providing employees with much-needed relief and employers with a unique tool to attract and retain talented employees.



Bill to Support UMaine’s Development of Innovative Infrastructure Materials—and Similar Research across the Nation—Introduced by Senators Collins, Whitehouse, and Alexander

Washington, D.C. –Around the country, communities face an urgent need to invest in more resilient roads, bridges, water systems, and other public works.  In recent years, civil engineers and scientists at institutions like the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center have made significant progress towards developing innovative materials to address this problem.  In an effort to support this promising field of research that could vastly improve infrastructure nationwide, U.S.



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