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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Education

A good education is the key to unlocking our nation’s full economic potential and ensuring everyone benefits in our economy. Congresswoman Slaughter believes that we must ensure equal access to quality education for all Americans. She aims to ensure that anyone who wants to attend college has the opportunity.

Congresswoman Slaughter also recognizes that education is a continuous journey and we must adapt our workforce to new technologies. Our nation must provide workers with the skills they need to thrive in today’s economy. Congresswoman Slaughter is committed to ensuring all Americans have the tools they need for success.

Priorities

  • Early Childhood Education: Congresswoman Slaughter knows that if we want our children to succeed, we must invest in them from an early age. In particular, Congresswoman Slaughter believes we need to expand preschool and national school readiness programs. These opportunities are some of the best tools we have to help low-income children, especially children of color, arrive ready for kindergarten and beyond.
  • Improving Public Schools: Congresswoman Slaughter is committed to working with local students, teachers, families, and administrators to improve our public schools. As part of this effort, Congresswoman Slaughter recognizes that significant changes to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) are needed. We must provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in life.
  • Reducing the Cost of College: Congresswoman Slaughter is committed to making higher education affordable for all families and individuals. Every American, rich or poor, should have access to a high-quality and affordable education. If America wants to remain competitive in the world, we need more students graduating with a degree, not debt.
  • Training Local Workers: Congresswoman Slaughter believes that we must continue to partner with growing industries to ensure that a skilled and adequately trained workforce is available. In particular, Congresswoman Slaughter is working to ensure that advanced manufacturing industries in Rochester have access to the skilled labor they need to thrive.

Accomplishments

  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Housing Assistance Act: In one of her first major actions as a member of Congress, Congresswoman Slaughter helped ensure that the McKinney-Vento Homeless Housing Assistance Act, the first federal law regarding homelessness, did not neglect children. She ensured that homeless children could continue to attend the same schools even if their family moved to a shelter out of the school district. Congresswoman Slaughter’s efforts continue to be critical in helping children maintain stability in the midst of challenging times.
  • Support Head Start Programs: Congresswoman Slaughter has been a steadfast supporter of the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. In 2015, she secured a $6.9 million grant allowing Rochester’s Action for a Better Community’s (ABC) Head Start Program to continue providing quality child care and education to over 1,400 children, infants, and pregnant women. In 2014, Congresswoman Slaughter successfully fought for the restoration of $700,000 to the Head Start program. These funds allowed ABC to continue working with over 210 children and saved 33 jobs. Congresswoman Slaughter continues her long-standing advocacy for funding and expanding the Head Start program.
  • All Children are Equal (ACE) Act: Congresswoman Slaughter is the lead Democratic sponsor on the bipartisan All Children are Equal (ACE) Act. This legislation would fix a flawed formula used to determine funding for schools serving disadvantaged and low-income students. Under this faulty calculation, money is diverted from higher poverty school districts to more populous school districts, regardless of poverty rates. Her legislation seeks to fix this error so that underfunded school districts receive the money they need to educate their students. The Rochester City School District is one of the most disadvantaged districts under the current formula and would receive more than $10 million in additional funding over three years under the corrected formula.
  • College Cost Reduction and Access Act: In 2007, Congresswoman Slaughter voted for the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which reduced the fixed rate on Stafford student loans for undergraduate students from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent. This change in law helped ease a stress on thousands of students and their families. She has since voted repeatedly to maintain low interest rates on student loans. Congresswoman Slaughter continues to work toward the goal of lessening the burden of federally subsidized student loans and protecting federal funding for Pell Grants.
  • Continuing Education Grants: In 2014, Congresswoman Slaughter secured a $5.1 million Department of Labor grant for job training programs throughout the Finger Lakes Region. This investment helps ensure that 1,500 local community members, including veterans and the unemployed, get the training and skills necessary to compete and succeed in new high-tech jobs. This funding is only part of the more than $20 million Congresswoman Slaughter has secured for Monroe Community College and RochesterWorks to provide job training since 2012.

More on Education

June 1, 2017 Press Release

ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that the University of Rochester has received a $469,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to continue its cutting-edge research into muscular dystrophy, a crippling neurological disorder. Slaughter has helped lead efforts in Congress to promote preventive medical practices and invest in breakthrough medical research. Roughly 3,000 people are involved in research at the University of Rochester.  

May 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced a $524,883 federal award for Science Take-Out, a locally-based company that manufactures easy-to-use, hands-on science kits for students. This funding, administered by the Department of Human Health and Services’ (HHS) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, will expand on Science Take-Out’s successful STTR Phase I project that developed environmental health education kits for students in partnership with the University of Rochester’s Environmental Health Sciences Center.

May 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that the Department of Education has awarded more than $1 million to several colleges and universities in the region. The funding for the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Rochester, Monroe Community College, and SUNY College at Brockport is administered through the Upward Bound program, which serves high school students from low-income families and those from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.

May 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018:

May 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) has introduced the Perkins Loan Extension Act of 2017 – bipartisan legislation to extend the Perkins Loan Program for a period of two years so that students currently enrolled in the program can continue to receive financial aid. In December of 2015, Slaughter led the charge to save the program from expiring.

April 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Monroe Community College (MCC) more than $550,000 in federal funding as part of its application under the foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program. This federal award will strengthen the regional optics and photonics workforce and provide students with employment opportunities in these groundbreaking fields. Slaughter pushed the NSF to award this funding and recently stood with President Kress in support of this federal award.

April 11, 2017 Press Release

Rochester, NY – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus, announced today that works of art are now being accepted for the 2017 Congressional Arts Competition. High school students who reside in or attend school in New York 25 are encouraged to submit their artwork to the Memorial Art Gallery by April 29, 2017. The winning student’s artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.

March 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request. This outline proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending paid for with drastic cuts to nondefense programs the American people rely on, impacting everything from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Army Corps of Engineers to the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department. A full budget is expected to be released in May.

March 6, 2017 Press Release

ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today stood with Monroe Community College (MCC) President Anne Kress to push for federal funding for MCC’s optics program. Slaughter urged the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award MCC more than $500,000 in federal funding as part of its application under the foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program. This federal award would strengthen the regional optics and photonics workforce and to provide students with employment opportunities in these groundbreaking fields.

February 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today introduced the Weekend Voting Act, legislation that would move Election Day from the first Tuesday in November to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November, making it more convenient for voters and increasing turnout. Reps. John Garamendi (CA-03), Eric Swalwell (CA-15), John Larson (CT-01), James Clyburn (SC-06), Paul Tonko (NY-20), Ruben Kihuen (NV-04), and Alcee Hastings (FL-20) joined Slaughter as original cosponsors.