Education and Opportunity

Congresswoman Stefanik is a passionate advocate for North Country students, parents, and teachers. Providing access to high quality education to our children gives them the best opportunities to grow and achieve the American dream. Preparing young students for their future careers fuels our economy with new generations of innovators, entrepreneurs, artists, technicians, and more. Congresswoman Stefanik is a firm believer that the key to a well-educated workforce and community is through academic success opportunity.

We must empower our communities to take a leading role in educating and training the next generation in the North Country. One-size-fits-all federal approaches are ineffective and leave students out in the cold, fortunately Congress is working hard to restore the local role in education and workforce development.

The North Country was harmed by the failed roll out of Common Core. The top-down approach and implementation did not adequately account for concerns from parents, teachers, and local officials. With bipartisan support, Congress passed Every Student Succeeds Act which was a much needed rewrite of No Child Left Behind. This law restores local control to our schools and will work to rebuild the trust that was lost in the North Country. Congresswoman Stefanik will also use her oversight role of the Department of Education to ensure the Every Student Succeeds Act is implemented as Congress intended.

For too long our nation’s young people have been told that the only way to succeed in America is to attend a four-year institution and earn a college degree. While this path works for some, many students find high paying, rewarding careers in the trades. The North Country is home to a robust and growing manufacturing and energy sector – both of which need high-skilled workers. Congresswoman Stefanik will continue to be a voice for career and technical education on the committee while advocating for improved access to higher education.

Congresswoman Stefanik is a vocal advocate for career and technical training and believe we must foster relationships between local businesses and our schools. With both the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and several BOCES programs the North Country is uniquely situated to take advantage of opportunities presented by career and technical education.

As the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college, Congresswoman Stefanik understands the opportunities a college degree can open; that is why her top higher education priority is to ensure accessibility and affordability for every student with a focus on non-traditional students. American’s are saddled with student debt that has surpassed our nation’s credit card debt. This is unacceptable, and prevents both young graduates and those returning to their studies from starting families and participating in the economy. That is why Congresswoman Stefanik fought to have year-round Pell Grants once again signed into law and is currently leading legislation to extend the Perkins Loan Program which provides access to financing for many low income students across the country. 

As a Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congresswoman Stefanik is committed to fighting on behalf of North Country students.

Congresswoman Stefanik’s Legislative Victories on Education:

  • Rep. Stefanik’s Imitative to Expand Access to Pell Grants Year Round Was Signed into Law in May of 2017 

Legislation Introduced by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.R. 1263 - To limit Federal funding for institutions of higher education that have partnerships with the People's Republic of China 

H.R. 7497 - Success for Rural Students and Communities Act

H.R. 6597 - Equity in Student Loan Relief Act

H.R. 7433 - Military Spouse Student Loan Deferment Act

Legislation Cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.Res.52 - Expressing support for the designation of the week of January 24 through January 30, 2021, as "National School Choice Week”

H.R. 1772, AIM HIGH Act

H.R. 1957, Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2017

H.R. 2434, College Transparency Act

H.R. 3422, Interstate Teaching Mobility Act

H.R. 2353, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

H.R. 3268 - Go to High School, Go to College Act

H.R. 3035 - Classroom to Careers Act 

H.R. 916 - School Resource Officer Act

Caucus Membership:

  • Co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus
  • Impact Aid Coalition
  • Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Congressional TRIO Caucus
  • Independent Colleges Caucus
  • Congressional Future Caucus

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More on Education and Opportunity

March 4, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced Warren County Head Start will receive a $1,524,949 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. The Head Start program provides comprehensive early childhood education and development services to promote school readiness for low-income children.

February 26, 2021 Press Release
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced the Washington County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. will receive a $4,472,455 grant for their L.E.A.P. Head Start and Early Head Start Projects. The council has five operating centers across Washington County, serving hundreds of children by providing education resources and support to them and their families.
February 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC - After midnight, following many hours of debate throughout the night, Congresswoman Stefanik and House Republicans on the Committee of Education and Labor offered common-sense, bipartisan amendments to President Biden's partisan COVID-19 relief plan. These proposals focused on helping schools across the country safely reopen, small businesses stay afloat, and workers reenter the workforce. In their unsurprising partisan rebuke, Democrats on the Committee voted against every, single, bipartisan proposal.

February 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Stefanik issued the following announcement following her appointments to the subcommittees on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, and Workforce Protections:

January 14, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC –  Congresswoman Stefanik has announced that public and non-profit colleges and universities in New York’s 21st Congressional District will receive more than $45,000,000 in funding to support continued education. Congresswoman Stefanik released the following statement on this terrific news:

December 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today voted in favor of the FY21 Omnibus Appropriations package that passed the House and the Senate. 

August 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced that St. Lawrence University will receive a $288,990.00 National Science Foundation Grant to support their acquisition of a Spectrometer. This device is intended for research and research training purposes. This award is supported by the Major Research Instrumentation and Chemistry Research Instrumentation Programs. The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports research, innovation, and discovery that provides the foundation for economic growth in this country.

July 6, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressman Josh Harder (CA-10) are introducing the Success for Rural Students and Communities Act, along with Reps. Brett Guthrie (KY-02), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Filemon Vela (TX-34), and Billy Long (MO-07). This is bipartisan legislation that will improve college access and success for rural students by spurring innovation and investment in new strategies to prepare them to complete their credentials and step into high-demand jobs in their communities.

June 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Elise Stefanik introduced a bipartisan bill to provide temporary relief for Perkins loan borrowers along with Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45), Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03), Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03), and Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12). This bipartisan legislation would expand the reach of the student borrower protections included in the CARES Act. The COVID–19 Perkins Loan Relief Act would allow the nearly 2 million borrowers with Perkins loans to forgo making payments on those loans until October.