Issue Position: Expanding Educational Opportunities for Our Children
Kirsten Gillibrand is committed to reforming No Child Left Behind by providing additional funding for our schools, increasing local control and avoiding the practice of solely teaching to standardized tests.
As a mother of two young sons, Congresswoman Gillibrand has been a strong advocate for increasing access to early childhood education programs. She voted for legislation that would reform and expand the successful Head Start program and she authored legislation that would double the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (DCTC) for middle-class families. These initiatives will allow more families to place their child in a high-quality, early childhood education program.
Access to a college diploma is vital to achieving the American Dream and Congresswoman Gillibrand helped passed an additional $18 billion student aid package, which is the largest increase since the GI Bill. This package cut interest rates for the neediest students, provided loan forgiveness for public servants and increased the PELL grant for low-income families.
In addition, Gillibrand has introduced legislation that will make college tuition tax deductible up to $10,000 for working families and she passed an amendment on the House floor that would provide undergraduate scholarships for students in science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields.