Like every parent, Kirsten wants her children to have access to quality schools, well-paid and well-equipped teachers, and a curriculum that prepares students for future challenges. As a U.S. Senator, she is working hard to provide educational opportunities.
During tough economic times, investing in education is one of the most important investments we can make. For Kirsten, preventing cuts to public schools during these times is critical to our recovery.
Kirsten worked in the House of Representatives and Senate to secure an additional $2.5 billion this year for New York schools to prevent teacher layoffs and protect students from budget cuts. She worked to provide $52.9 million in education technology funding so that New York schools could enhance student performance and fund school safety measures.
Kirsten says that No Child Left Behind must be revised to support teachers and provide adequate funding for urban and rural schools that need assistance.
As a mother of two young boys, Kirsten believes that America must strengthen the educational opportunities available to our children before they go to kindergarten. In 2007, she proudly voted to reauthorize Head Start, providing funding for an additional 10,000 students. Now, Kirsten is working with President Barack Obama to dramatically increase the number of children eligible for Head Start and improve the quality of the program.
As our economy changes, Kirsten is focused on making college more affordable for all New Yorkers. In the House, she fought to increase higher education opportunities for veterans through the new GI Bill and increase Pell Grants. She voted to provide targeted tax relief to make college more affordable for the middle class through the College Affordability Tax Relief Act, allowing families to deduct up to $10,000 of the cost of college tuition from their federal taxes.