As a former teacher, I understand the importance of ensuring that every child receives a free and excellent education. Good public schools are the foundation of a strong democracy, and we must ensure every student graduates ready for a career or college. Our higher education system must also be accessible and affordable for all students who choose to further their studies.
We must give our teachers and schools the support they need to provide a world-class education for every child in Minnesota and across the United States. This includes robust federal funding to support equal educational opportunities in high-poverty schools and for students with disabilities. We must address the crisis of high college costs by reducing tuition for working families, protecting a strong Pell Grant program, and enforcing protections for student loan borrowers.
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Representative Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) yesterday offered an amendment during the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education appropriations bill markup that would permit individuals who are diagnosed with cancer to defer payments on their public student loans while they receive lifesaving treatment. This amendment was adopted by the House Appropriations Committee.
At a recent event for family, educators, and area service academy representatives, Congresswoman Betty McCollum recognized eight Fourth District individuals who will attend U.S. Service Academies this fall.
Congresswoman McCollum nominated each of the eight Fourth District residents to their respective U.S. Service Academies. Each received and accepted an appointment to attend.
The individuals are:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today urged her colleagues to oppose House Republicans’ tax bill that makes higher education more expensive for students and working families in Minnesota and across the United States. According to their own estimates, House Republicans’ bill will increase the cost of higher education to American students and their families by at least $65 billion over the next 10 years.