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. 

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $1 Million in Federal Funding For Maine YouthBuild Program

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the Maine organization LearningWorks has received $1.1 million for its YouthBuild Bayside program as part of the Fiscal Year 2015 YouthBuild awards from the U.S. Department of Labor.  The LearningWorks Youthbuild Bayside program received the maximum figure allowable under the terms of the grant.


Improving Education, Expanding Opportunity

The beginning of a new school year reminds us of the vital role education plays in opening the doors of opportunity to all Americans.  We have an obligation as a society to open those doors ever wider.
This also is the time of year to express our gratitude to our educators.  Here in Maine, we are truly fortunate to have so many dedicated teachers, administrators, staff, and school board members who work hard to ensure that every child in our State has a learning environment that is safe, welcoming, and enriching.


Yarmouth HS Assistant Principal Named Maine’s 2015 Assistant Principal Of The Year


Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Susan Collins welcomed Joshua Ottow, Assistant Principal of Yarmouth High School (YHS), to Washington today after recently being named Maine’s 2015 Assistant Principal of the Year.


“Strong leadership in our educational system is crucial to the success of our students in Maine and across the country. I am proud to congratulate Yarmouth High School’s Joshau Ottow for his outstanding leadership and hard work on behalf of the students in his school,” said Senator Collins.




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