Now, more than ever, getting a high quality education is essential for success. A college degree is increasingly necessary for access to high-paying jobs, and an educated workforce is essential for the United States to remain competitive in a global economy in which technology is playing a bigger and bigger role. That’s why I support efforts to make college more affordable through slowing the runaway inflation of tuition, funding Pell grants, and providing affordable student loans.
The federal government’s role in our elementary and secondary education system has never been more important. Our public education system provides for the economic mobility we think of as the American Dream. There are, however, improvements we must make to ensure that our students receive a high-quality education from high-quality teachers. We should work to incentivize current graduates to become teachers and ensure they receive the training to make them effective in the classroom. In addition, we have to hold our teachers and schools accountable for student performance, and make room for innovative approaches like those employed by magnet and charter schools.
Research shows that early investments in education show big returns in later years. That is why I support increased funding for Head Start and ensuring that every child receives a high-quality preschool education. This is proven to close the achievement gap and help prepare all students for success in kindergarten and elementary school.
I voted for H.R. 1911, the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, because I believe that college students need affordable student loans to ensure they have access to higher education. I voted against H.R. 5, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, because it cut education funding and reduced accountability for teachers and schools. We have to find bipartisan agreement on our fiscal challenges, but funding high-quality education should always remain a priority.
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FREDERICK – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) hosted a College Financial Aid Workshop Saturday at Tuscarora High School in Frederick. The event was attended by over 150 local residents and was the 18th constituent services workshop Delaney has held since 2015. The workshop offered Marylanders a chance to speak one-on-one with federal, state and local representatives on how to pay for higher education and also featured a presentation from the United States Department of Education.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) will host a College Financial Aid Workshop June 11 in Frederick. The event will take place at Tuscarora High School and will feature representatives from federal, state and local institutions and agencies who will be on hand to answer questions about financial aid options and how to finance college and career goals. The event is free to attend and open to the public.
FREDERICK – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) held a Service Academy Night Monday evening in Frederick. The event featured representatives from the nation’s five military academies and offered local students, parents and educators an opportunity to learn more about the service academies. The event was attended by over 130 local residents and took place at the C. Burr Artz Public Library. Delaney will also host a Service Academy Night May 19 at Gaithersburg High School. The event was the 16th constituent services workshop Delaney has held since 2015.
GAITHERSBURG – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) hosted a Financial Aid Workshop for College and Trade School Thursday evening in Gaithersburg. The event at Gaithersburg High School was attended by over 125 people and featured a panel discussion and an opportunity for Marylanders to speak one-on-one with federal, state and local higher education and financial aid representatives. The Workshop featured special guest the Honorable Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary of the United States Department of Education.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) wrote to House colleagues in both parties today, urging them to support his Early Learning Act (H.R. 3542). Delaney’s legislation provides state governments with federal funding to establish or expand their pre-K programs, with funding coming from a 1.5% increase on individual income, dividends and capital gains above $500,000. Delaney’s legislation makes access to free pre-K for all a reality in all 50 states.
WASHINGTON – The Department of Education has named Smithsburg High School a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School. Nationwide, only 335 schools total received this honor and Smithsburg High School was one of just eight schools in Maryland to be named a Blue Ribbon School. Delaney visited Smithsburg High School in May, meeting with Principal Michael Chilcutt and students in the Smithsburg Academic Leadership Team.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $110,000 federal grant to Garrett College to expand health career training programs at the Career Technology Training Center in Accident.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, together with Congressman John Delaney (all D-Md.) announced this week that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $100,000 federal grant to Frostburg State University for the development of a geochemistry laboratory, which will help prepare students to work in the energy and environmental sectors.
FREDERICK – Tuesday, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) hosted an Awards Reception announcing winners of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition and honoring all submitted student work at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick. A panel of judges from local colleges selected Jean-Baptiste Bolou as the competition’s first place winner for his work, titled TypeFACE. Bolou attends Northwest High School and lives in Germantown.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) will host a U.S. Service Academy Information Forum Wednesday April 8 in Frederick at the Bernard Brown Community Center. The informational session will feature representatives from the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the Army ROTC. The event is free and open to the public.