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Since I began my career in public service as a member of the Flint Board of Education, I have fought tirelessly for our schools. Our children deserve the best education possible, and our teachers deserve our complete support. Every child, no matter where they grow up, deserves a safe learning environment, highly trained teachers and the resources necessary to succeed in 21st century classrooms. Schools are the foundation of our communities and the future.

Early Education: A child’s education begins very early in life. In order for a child to start on a path to success, we need to invest in universal access to programs like Early Head Start and Head Start. These programs provide kids with essential wrap-around services to help in their development and can also help mitigate the effects of lead exposure in children.

In March 2016, I successfully advocated for a federal grant to expand Head Start and Early Head Start services in Flint. In March 2017, I also announced $5.5 million in federal grants to support new and expanded Early Head Start for children in the Flint area through Early Head Start Child Care Partnership programs.

K-12 Education: Our education system should support teachers, students and parents to ensure a high quality public education for everyone. Access to a quality education is a right that every child in Michigan should be afforded.

  • Evaluating Students: In 2016, I supported the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act that will transform education policy to give local school districts more control over how to evaluate their students and teachers, and to support investments in education, including for teacher training, special education and after school programs.
  • Before, After & Summer School programs: When I was growing up in Flint, our schools were the center of our community, and open from sunrise until sunset with a wide variety of programs to provide kids with constructive activities throughout the day. In Congress, I have been a staunch supporter of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, which provides funding for before, after and summer school programs.
  • Supporting our teachers: Our teachers play a large role in the lives of the children in our communities, and their important work should be celebrated. I will continue to support teachers in providing them with resources inside and outside the classroom as they nurture successful students.

Higher Education: More than 42 million Americans collectively owe nearly $1.3 trillion in federal student loan debt. This crushing debt is causing young folks to delay buying homes, starting families and saving for retirement. The impacts of this debt will have lifelong impacts on families. I am fighting to ensure that every family has access to a quality, affordable education, including college that provides them with the skills to find a job in our changing economy.

In Congress, I have introduced legislation to address student debt, including legislation to exempt students from having to pay taxes on scholarships and Pell grants, allow student loans to be discharged in bankruptcy, and prevent banks from calling an entire student loan if the cosigner of that loan dies, even if the student was up to date on their payments.

Finally, I support two years of free community college to every person in Michigan. This will help address the student loan debt and help with the skills gap impacting job growth in Michigan.

 

More on Education

December 17, 2021 Press Release

FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, along with Michigan’s Democratic congressional delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives, today sent a letter to State Senate Majority Lead Mike Shirkey (R-Jackson) and State Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell) urging them to act immediately to allocate federal relief funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP). ARP relief funds were delivered nine months ago, but the Michigan Legislature has refused to allocate those funds to help Michigan families, small businesses and seniors.

November 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the passage of the Build Back Better Act—a bill that will help lower everyday costs for Michigan’s working families. The Build Back Better Act, which is fully paid for, will cut taxes for middle class families and lower the out-of-pocket cost of health insurance premiums, prescription drugs and child care, in addition to combatting the climate crisis.

October 3, 2021 Press Release

FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced that mid-Michigan schools and libraries can apply for additional funding from the American Rescue Plan to increase broadband services now through October 13. 

September 25, 2021 Press Release

FLINT—Congressman Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and Member of the House Budget Committee, has voted to advance a national budget that cuts taxes and levels the playing field for Michigan’s working families. The mark up in the Budget Committee compiled recommendations from 13 House committees to enact President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.

The budget bill now moves to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for a full vote.

September 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today applauded the inclusion of legislation he’s championed to eliminate income taxes paid on Pell Grants in President Biden’s Build Back Better budget.

September 17, 2021 Press Release

FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced a $131,474 federal grant to fund child care programs at Mott Community College. This is the first annual installment of the grant that is anticipated to be provided for a total of four years.

September 8, 2021 Press Release

FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced $5,059,985 in federal grants to fund Early Head Start education and child care programs for children in Genesee County.

August 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced a nearly $1.3 million federal grant to fund Carman-Ainsworth Community School’s Early Head Start program in Genesee County.

July 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the passage of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that includes nine Community Project Funding requests, benefitting Genesee, Saginaw and Bay County residents.

July 15, 2021 Press Release
FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded a key congressional committee for advancing appropriations bills that include six of his Community Project Funding requests that benefit Genesee County and Flint residents.