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Issue Position: Improving Education

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"Our children deserve the best education in the world." - Nita Lowey

Nita Lowey believes that quality schools are the key to successful communities and a bright future for our nation. She is leading the fight to expand after-school programming and to provide local districts with federal resources to modernize and expand school buildings. And Nita Lowey wants to make sure that every family can afford to send their children to college or vocational training.

Investing In Our Schools

Nita Lowey understands that investments in elementary and secondary education are essential to providing children with the instruction they need and deserve. Nita championed after-school programming and successfully increased federal funding for this priority from just $1 million in 1996 to $1 billion today. As a result, more youngsters will receive safe and enriching supervision past traditional school hours. Nita is the leading advocate in Congress for school modernization, so that the classroom keeps pace with the technological innovations and challenges of the 21st Century. She cosponsored legislation to reduce class sizes by hiring 100,000 new teachers. In addition, Nita helped secure funding for magnet schools in many local communities.

Making College Affordable

The high cost of tuition should never prevent a qualified student from attending college. Nita Lowey has worked tirelessly to make college more affordable. She fought to increase Pell Grants and has strongly opposed efforts to reduce student loans. Nita is also working to make college tuition tax deductible.

Supporting Special Education

Special education costs have become an enormous financial burden for local school districts and property taxpayers. Nita Lowey believes that the federal government must do its part to help school districts funds this critical important priority, and she has cosponsored legislation to increase federal funding for special education to cover the required federal share, 40% of local costs by 2008.

Funding Head Start

Head Start makes an important difference in the lives of thousands of Westchester and Rockland children. Many rely on the program not only for enhanced educational programming, but also for essential health and social services. Nita Lowey believes that the Head Start program must be protected, and she will continue fighting to ensure it receives adequate federal funding.

Helping Educators Succeed

From her seat on the Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Nita has been a strong advocate for increasing federal government support for teacher, principal, and school administrator professional development and training. Nita understands that successful schools have well-trained, highly-qualified professionals at every level, and that we must provide educators with the resources to maintain and enhance their skills.

Saving Public Broadcasting

Public broadcasting, with award-winning programs such as Sesame Street, has been an educational mainstay in the lives of countless children. When the Public Broadcasting System was threatened with deep cuts, Nita Lowey led the successful fight to save PBS, receiving national recognition and thanks for her efforts.


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