Investing in Our Children’s Future and Improving Rhode Island's Schools
Good schools are essential to our communities and our economy, and Senator Reed is working hard to help all our schools make the grade. This means strengthening education from pre-school through college and beyond.
Parents are children’s first teachers, and Senator Reed continues to work to strengthen family engagement in education. Senator Reed introduced the Family Engagement in Education Act to ensure that schools have the tools they need to effectively partner with parents. He also fights for Head Start and other initiatives so that all kids have access to good pre-schools and local communities can expand effective afterschool programs.
Senator Reed strongly believes that every student with the drive to attend college should have the opportunity to go. That is why he has authored bipartisan measures to increase Pell Grants and other need-based financial aid for students.
Senator Reed believes the more we do to support effective teaching and effective school leadership, the better results we will get for students. He has a new bill to improve the professional development and mentoring of educators that builds on laws he authored to reform the recruitment, training, and retention of teachers.
Key Priorities & Accomplishments
- Senator Reed worked to ensure that investing in education was a key component of our economic recovery strategy. Since 2009, Rhode Island received over $430 million in additional funding to stabilize the state education budget and support education reforms. Rhode Island college students alone benefitted from an additional $73 million in Pell grants.
- Senator Reed’s Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program has provided over $100 million for school libraries to purchase books and computers, train librarians, and stay open longer so that more kids have access to educational opportunities.
- To help make college more affordable for Rhode Islanders, Reed helped pass the largest investment in college aid in history – ending a flawed system that gave away billions in federal subsidies to private banks and putting those taxpayer dollars directly in the hands of students to pay for their education.
- Senator Reed annually hosts a free College Financial Aid Workshop to help college-bound students and their families get a better sense of the financial aid options available at the federal and state levels; the eligibility criteria for these different types of aid; and how students can go about applying for it.
In an effort to strengthen borrower protections and student loan servicing standards for both federal and private student loans, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today introduced new legislation to ensure strugglin...Posted on 12/11/2013 |
PROVIDENCE, RI - U.S. Senator Jack Reed will host his annual College Financial Aid Workshop next Monday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Johnston Senior High School to help ensure prospective college students know how to access available financial aid.Posted on 11/20/2013 |
U.S. Senator Jack Reed visits Head Start students at Karen G. Bouchard Children’s Center in Woonsocket....Posted on 8/27/2013 |
Tonight, after the U.S. Senate defeated an amendment by U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) that would lock in reasonable caps of 6.8% for undergraduate and graduate loans, and 7.9% for PLUS loans and instead approved legislation restructuring the way the feder...Posted on 7/24/2013 |
In an effort to keep student loans affordable for working families, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote later today on a key amendment by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 17 of their Senate colleagues that would lock in reasonable caps of 6.8 percent f...Posted on 7/24/2013 |
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Noting that college students and middle-class families across the country are urging Congress to reject a bad long-term student loan deal, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today announced that he opposes the Manchin-Burr student loan bill. Speaking on the Senate floor today, Reed...Posted on 7/18/2013 |