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.
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Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement after reporting that John Engler will resign as Interim President of Michigan State University:
“I agree that John Engler should resign as Interim President of Michigan State University. The survivors and university deserve a leader who can unify the community and the state while continuing to learn from these tragic events.”
173 House Democrats demand Secretary DeVos issue formal guidance prohibiting the use of federal education funding to purchase firearms
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after it was reported that the Trump Administration is considering using taxpayer dollars to purchase guns for teachers:
Funding to Local School Districts Will Support Care and Learning Environments for Genesee County Children
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded over $11 million to local school districts in mid-Michigan to fund Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
HHS awarded Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools $1.1 million to expand Early Head Start programs and awarded Genesee Intermediate School District $10.7 million to expand Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
Half Million Dollar Federal Grant to Crim Fitness Foundation Will Support AmeriCorps VISTA Members Helping Children in Flint Schools
Today, Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Susan Davis (CA-53), ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development and Reps. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) introduced the Jumpstart on College Act. Reps. Scott and Davis also joined Rep.
As part of National Foster Care Month, Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today hosted a Michigan foster youth, Whitney Snow, from Saginaw, for Foster Youth Shadow Day on Capitol Hill.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unveiled her so-called “school choice” plan in Indianapolis:
This week, the city of Flint will mark the third anniversary of its ill-fated drinking water switch.
The switch to the Flint River was the first in a series of decisions that created the water crisis.
Since then, many different approaches have been taken to mitigate the effects of lead-tainted drinking water on the roughly 100,000 people who call Flint home.
Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) is pleased to announce the approval of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) at Genesee Career Institute (GCI). The Army JROTC program, facilitated and taught by retired Army personnel at GCI, will be open to any Genesee County high school student in grades 9-12, beginning in the fall of 2017.