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WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, spoke from the Senate floor in support of the Every Child Achieves Act and urged her colleagues to vote in favor of the bipartisan legislation. This bill was unanimously approved by the Help Committee in April of 2015.
In her remarks, Senator Collins underscored that “providing a good education for each and every child remains a national priority.” The Every Child Achieves Act “will help to improve our elementary and secondary education system and strengthen the traditional roles played by our local educators, communities, and states.”
This bipartisan legislation would also extend the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) which Senator Collins co-authored with former Senator Kent Conrad in 2002. This program provides financial assistance to small and high-poverty rural districts to help them address their unique local needs and meet federal requirements. This program has been particularly helpful in Maine and it has supported new technology in classrooms, distance learning opportunities, and professional development activities, as well as an array of other programs that benefit students and teachers.