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Issue Position: Making Education a Priority

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Pallone voted for the Education and Medicaid Assistance Act which helped save and create hundreds of thousands of jobs, including approximately 161,000 teacher jobs. Pallone has advocated for placing a strong emphasis on hiring and retaining highly trained and talented teaching professionals and believes emphasizing the value of teachers is a big part of that.

Protecting Teacher's Right to Collective Bargaining
Pallone believes in the right to collectively bargain and believes that this is an important tool for teachers in New Jersey. Collective bargaining empowers teachers to seek fair wages and benefits and helps ensure that our state retains the best and brightest talent. Without a fair process we will lose talented teachers that we entrust to prepare our children for their futures.

Ensuring Adequate Funds Reach School Districts
Pallone supports ensuring that federal assistance reaches local school districts and that the assistance promotes advancement and equality. Pallone has worked to ensure funding programs, such as Title I, help state and local education agencies support schools that have high concentrations of students from families that live below the poverty line and are struggling to get by.

Ensuring a College Education is Affordable
Pallone co-sponsored and voted for legislation to prevent subsidized Stafford student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1, 2012 from 3.4% to 6.8%, which would have affected seven million students across the nation, including nearly 144,000 in New Jersey. He has been pushing for another two-year extension of the 3.4% interest rate since it expired on July 1.

Reforming Higher Education to Benefit Students Instead of Banks
Pallone voted for the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act which invested $36 billion over 10 years to increase the maximum annual Pell grant scholarship. The legislation also converted new federal student lending to stable and cost-effective Direct Student Loans which are more reliable loans for students that also saves taxpayer money by no longer subsidizing banks.

Promoting National Service and Community Development through Education
Pallone supported the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in April 2009. The national service bill dramatically increases the size of the AmeriCorps service program over the next eight years, expands ways for students to earn money for college and creates opportunities for all Americans to serve in communities.

Opposing Vouchers
Pallone has opposed a voucher system in New Jersey because he believes that such a system would divert dollars from public schools and increase the burden on the public education system as its funding and enrollment is threatened. One of Pallone's education priorities is reducing and eliminating educational disparities, and voucher programs often prevent low-income students from attending expensive private schools.

Ensuring Communities Decide on Charter Schools
Pallone has taken a common-sense approach to the development of charter schools--let the communities decide what is right for them. Rather than pushing a charter school on a community, Pallone has advocated for a ground-up process where communities decide what type of mix of schools is right for them. When communities have opposed certain charter schools, Pallone has worked with the community to ensure that they have all the information they need from the federal government to make the right decision.

Building a Strong Education System through Smart Reforms
As a member of Congress, Pallone has made reauthorization and updating of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) a priority. He had advocated that ESEA needs to be updated to reflect the growing knowledge and understanding of how we can best educate our children and argues that federal law should reflect the growing need for innovation in education and development of modern skills in public schools.

Fighting for Funds for our Universities and Colleges
Pallone has represented Rutgers University, Monmouth University, Brookdale Community College and Middlesex County College and made securing federal funding for these institutions a priority. For instance in 2010 alone, Pallone secured $250,000 for Monmouth University's Resilient Coastal Urban Community and Ecosystem Initiative, $451,000 for Rutgers University's Cranberry/Blueberry Research and Extension Center and $1.2 million for a Rutgers Univeristy-UMDNJ Center for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response. Another example is that in 2008 he secured $243,000 for a Brookdale Community College Student Success Center in Asbury Park, NJ.

Pallone voted for the Education and Medicaid Assistance Act which helped save and create hundreds of thousands of jobs, including approximately 161,000 teacher jobs. Pallone has advocated for placing a strong emphasis on hiring and retaining highly trained and talented teaching professionals and believes emphasizing the value of teachers is a big part of that.

Protecting Teacher's Right to Collective Bargaining
Pallone believes in the right to collectively bargain and believes that this is an important tool for teachers in New Jersey. Collective bargaining empowers teachers to seek fair wages and benefits and helps ensure that our state retains the best and brightest talent. Without a fair process we will lose talented teachers that we entrust to prepare our children for their futures.

Ensuring Adequate Funds Reach School Districts
Pallone supports ensuring that federal assistance reaches local school districts and that the assistance promotes advancement and equality. Pallone has worked to ensure funding programs, such as Title I, help state and local education agencies support schools that have high concentrations of students from families that live below the poverty line and are struggling to get by.

Ensuring a College Education is Affordable
Pallone co-sponsored and voted for legislation to prevent subsidized Stafford student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1, 2012 from 3.4% to 6.8%, which would have affected seven million students across the nation, including nearly 144,000 in New Jersey. He has been pushing for another two-year extension of the 3.4% interest rate since it expired on July 1.

Reforming Higher Education to Benefit Students Instead of Banks
Pallone voted for the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act which invested $36 billion over 10 years to increase the maximum annual Pell grant scholarship. The legislation also converted new federal student lending to stable and cost-effective Direct Student Loans which are more reliable loans for students that also saves taxpayer money by no longer subsidizing banks.

Promoting National Service and Community Development through Education
Pallone supported the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in April 2009. The national service bill dramatically increases the size of the AmeriCorps service program over the next eight years, expands ways for students to earn money for college and creates opportunities for all Americans to serve in communities.

Opposing Vouchers
Pallone has opposed a voucher system in New Jersey because he believes that such a system would divert dollars from public schools and increase the burden on the public education system as its funding and enrollment is threatened. One of Pallone's education priorities is reducing and eliminating educational disparities, and voucher programs often prevent low-income students from attending expensive private schools.

Ensuring Communities Decide on Charter Schools
Pallone has taken a common-sense approach to the development of charter schools--let the communities decide what is right for them. Rather than pushing a charter school on a community, Pallone has advocated for a ground-up process where communities decide what type of mix of schools is right for them. When communities have opposed certain charter schools, Pallone has worked with the community to ensure that they have all the information they need from the federal government to make the right decision.

Building a Strong Education System through Smart Reforms
As a member of Congress, Pallone has made reauthorization and updating of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) a priority. He had advocated that ESEA needs to be updated to reflect the growing knowledge and understanding of how we can best educate our children and argues that federal law should reflect the growing need for innovation in education and development of modern skills in public schools.

Fighting for Funds for our Universities and Colleges
Pallone has represented Rutgers University, Monmouth University, Brookdale Community College and Middlesex County College and made securing federal funding for these institutions a priority. For instance in 2010 alone, Pallone secured $250,000 for Monmouth University's Resilient Coastal Urban Community and Ecosystem Initiative, $451,000 for Rutgers University's Cranberry/Blueberry Research and Extension Center and $1.2 million for a Rutgers Univeristy-UMDNJ Center for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response. Another example is that in 2008 he secured $243,000 for a Brookdale Community College Student Success Center in Asbury Park, NJ.


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