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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Representing the 21st District of New York

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 

Sponsored Legislation:

  • H.R. 1485, Flexible Pell Grant for 21st Century Students
  • H.R. 2482, Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2017

Cosponsored Legislation:

  • H.R. 795, Employer Participation in Student Loan Assistance Act
  • H.R. 1429, LEADS Act of 2017
  • H.R. 1635, Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act
  • 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. 3272, Veteran Education Empowerment Act

Caucus Membership:

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

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More on Education and Opportunity

May 25, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) announced U.S. Department of Education Fiscal Year 2017 grants for Upward Bound Programs at SUNY Plattsburgh and SUNY Adirondack. Congresswoman Stefanik wrote letters of support to the Department of Education on behalf of these applicants.

April 18, 2017 In The News