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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Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) packed this week’s President’s Day District Work Period with four town hall meetings, listening in-person to more than 1,000 Fourth District constituents.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, led a bipartisan group of House members writing to President Donald Trump on Wednesday urging him to exempt the Indian Health Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other agencies that serve the needs of Native communities from his federal hiring freeze.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is considering President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement on the DeVos nomination:
“Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, has a disturbing track record of attacking public education in America and funding an extremist agenda that weakens our public schools.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum today reminded young people in Minnesota's Fourth Congressional District that the deadline to submit applications for nomination to U.S. Service Academies is at the close of business on Monday, November 7.
"It is my honor to nominate some of our community's outstanding young people for admission to our nation's service academies," McCollum said. "Admission to these institutions offers the opportunity to serve our country and receive a world-class education. I encourage all interested students to apply by Monday."
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) joined more than 100 House Democrats on Tuesday urging Republicans to stop their attempt to raid more than $1 billion from the Pell Grant program to pay for other federal spending.
Instead of diverting these funds, McCollum and her colleagues demanded that this funding be used for its original intent: making higher education more affordable for current and future students. To meet this goal, McCollum and House Democrats support raising the maximum size of a Pell Grant and restoring access to year-round support.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today applauded a multi-year, multi-million dollar United States Department of Education grant to Hamline University, as part of a joint initiative with the Minnesota Department of Education, for professional development activities that will enhance the instruction English language learners receive in Minnesota schools.