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. 

Senator Collins Meets with Presque Isle Middle School Students

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins today met with students from Presque Isle Middle School, who are visiting our nation’s capital during their school vacation week. 

“If I can go from the halls of Caribou High School to the Chambers of the United States Senate, you really can do anything if you work hard, follow your dreams, and never give up,” Senator Collins told the students.

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Senators Collins, King Meet with Maine Delegates to U.S. Senate Youth Program

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King met with Julia Blackwell of Woolwich and Lexie Jamieson of Scarborough, the two Maine delegates to the 54th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Julia and Lexie are among the 102 students from around the country who were selected for the prestigious program and are spending this week in the nation’s capital where they will have an opportunity to study the American political process first-hand.

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Collins, King Announce Nearly $600,000 National Science Foundation Grant for Bowdoin

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $597,805 grant to Bowdoin College.  The grant is a continuing award for a research project titled, “RUI: Cell Wall Associated Kinases As Pectin Receptors.”  Bowdoin has just received $298,558 from the NSF, with the balance of the $597,805 total to follow upon renewal of the grant.

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Collins, King Announce Nearly $2 Million STEM Education Grant to UMaine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $1,950,034 grant to the University of Maine to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in rural Maine. The grant will support 22 fellowships for recent STEM graduates or current STEM professionals to further their knowledge base and become certified STEM teachers in rural, high-need Maine schools.

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Senator Collins Questions Attorney General on the Government’s Response to the Heroin Epidemic

Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, questioned Attorney General Loretta Lynch this morning on the opioid and heroin epidemic that is currently facing Maine and the country.  Senator Collins raised her concerns with a “guns for drugs” trade that is a major factor in the heroin crisis as well as the Administration’s proposal to eliminate funding for the COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force.  Attorney General Lynch testified at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request. 

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Senator Collins Meets with Dr. James Dlugos and Elizabeth Schran of Saint Joseph’s College

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins recently met with Dr. James Dlugos, the President of Saint Joseph’s College, and Elizabeth Schran, the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, in her Washington, D.C., office.  Dr. Dlugos and Ms. Schran were in D.C. to attend the annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
 

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Collins, King Congratulate Kathy Welch of York’s Coastal Ridge Elementary for Representing Maine at School Counselor of the Year Program

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today congratulated Kathy Welch, a school counselor at York’s Coastal Ridge Elementary School, for being named Maine’s representative to the nationwide School Counselor of the Year Program held in Washington. The program, which is organized by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), honors counselors around the country who run high-quality, comprehensive school counseling programs at either the elementary, middle or high school level.
 

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Collins, King Announce Maine’s 2016 Senate Youth Program Delegates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King congratulated Julia Blackwell of Woolwich and Lexie Jamieson of Scarborough for being selected as Maine’s delegates to the 54th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Julia and Lexie will join 102 other students from across the country in spending a week in the nation’s capital where they will have an opportunity to study the American political process first-hand.

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Advisory: TOMORROW- Senators Collins to visit Sumner Memorial High School

KITTERY, ME—U.S. Senator Susan Collins will visit Sumner Memorial High School tomorrow and deliver remarks to the faculty, staff, and student body and tour Sumner’s innovative Pathways Programs. Senator Collins remarks will be open to the press.
 
      Sumner Memorial High School enrolls 252 students from the towns of Sullivan, Sorrento, Franklin, Gouldsboro, Winter Harbor, Steuben and some of Hancock.
 

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A Year in Review

As we turn the page on 2015 and look to the future, I welcome this opportunity to share some of the accomplishments of the past year.  Although much work remains to be done, I was able to achieve progress on issues that matter to the people of Maine, whom I am honored to represent in the United States Senate.

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Senate Passes Bipartisan Rewrite of No Child Left Behind with Important Provisions Authored by Senator Collins

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after the Senate passed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act with strong support (85-12).  This bicameral reform bill will replace No Child Left Behind with new policies that will return greater control and flexibility to states and local school districts. The legislation must now be signed into law by President Obama.
 

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Senators Collins, King Announce Funding Award for Maine Maritime Academy

     WASHINGTON, D.C.—United States Senators Susan Collins, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, and Angus King, member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today announced an award of $469,000 to the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The funding will support the Marine Engine Testing and Emissions Laboratory (METEL) at MMA.
 

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