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
  • Congressional Future Caucus

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More on Education and Opportunity

January 9, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, as a co-lead of the bill, reintroduced the Widening Internet Readiness for Employment Development (WIRED) Act this week, alongside U.S. Representatives Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Richard Hudson (R-NC). This bill directs the Department of Labor (DOL) to create guidelines for One-Stop Career Center websites. The Department of Labor would be required to establish standards and best practices for the provision of employment and training services through electronic means by one-stop delivery systems.

October 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik introduced the State Workforce Incentive Act along with Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12.) This legislation reforms the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, shifting it to a state-directed program of annual loan repayment benefits for workers in high-need occupations.

October 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced funding from the Department of Education totaling $874,950 for both Adirondack Community College and Jefferson Community College. The Strengthening Institutions Program grants are expected to last for a total of 5 years. The $425,000 for Jefferson Community College will support a Jefferson Pathways Project is to increase the graduation rate at the college, and thus increase outcomes for retention, persistence, and credit attainment.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Congresswoman Elise Stefanik welcomed Charlotte Butz, winner of the 2019 NY-21 Congressional Art Competition, to D.C. yesterday to congratulate her. Charlotte is a senior at Cambridge High School, and will be attending James Madison University in the Fall. Her winning drawing is entitled “Woman in Stripes.” Charlotte and her father were also given a tour of the Capitol prior to meeting with Congresswoman Stefanik.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has cosponsored the Net Price Calculator Improvement Act, a bipartisan bill to require colleges to have an easily accessible Net Price Calculator posted on their website alongside information about financial aid and tuition. Although colleges are already required to have a Net Price Calculator, many of them call it by a different name and place it in different parts of their websites, making it difficult for prospective students to locate.

Additionally, the Net Price Calculator must will be required to provide:

June 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has co-led two bills to promote creativity and innovation by integrating art and design into programs that support STEM education with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Congressman James Langevin (D-RI).

Bonamici, Langevin, and Stefanik are all advocates for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education. They introduced the Building STEAM Education Act and STEM to STEAM Act of 2019 to increase federal funding and resources for STEAM education initiatives.

June 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is a co-lead of the Go to High School, Go to College Act, a bipartisan bill that establishes a pilot program to allow low income high school students enrolled in college courses to access the Pell Grant program.  This legislation would give students the opportunity to earn up to two semesters worth of college credit before drawing down from their 12 semester Pell Grant limit, ensuring that students participating in dual enrollment programs are not penalized financially from trying to find the college right for them.

May 29, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA) have introduced the Classroom to Careers Act, bipartisan legislation that will expand the Federal Work-Study Program to allow students in the program to get a full-time job in their field of study in either the public or private sector.

May 22, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has cosponsored Congressman Josh Gottheimer’s (D-NJ) Miranda Vargas School Bus Driver Red Flag Act. This bipartisan legislation is named after Miranda Vargas, who tragically lost her life in a school bus accident one year ago this month.