Education & Workforce Development
“Every child deserves the opportunity to receive a high-quality, public K-12 education that will help them compete in the 21st century innovation economy. We also must ensure that students can get a post-secondary education that prepares them for their future career without taking on massive debt – whether it be at a job training or apprenticeship program, a two- or four-year college, or graduate studies.” – Senator Hassan
As a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Hassan is focused on supporting access to affordable, quality early childhood education, strong K-12 public schools, and accessible and affordable career training and higher education opportunities.
New Hampshire’s low unemployment rate presents a challenge to innovation-based businesses who are struggling to hire the skilled workers that they need. To address this challenge, Senator Hassan is working to strengthen job training, expand career pathway programs, and create stronger partnerships between education and training systems and innovative businesses.
Senator Hassan recognizes that today’s students face a number of challenges that may impede their pursuit of education. She introduced the bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act to support career pathway strategies – which combine work, education, and support services – to help individuals earn the credentials that businesses look for during the hiring process. Senator Hassan is also working to secure additional federal funding to integrate high-quality career and technical education programs into high schools to better prepare students for their future careers.
Students who choose to pursue higher education too often find themselves burdened by massive amounts of student debt, which can affect the choices that they make about their future – from where to work and live, to whether to pursue an advanced degree. To help relieve this burden, Senator Hassan is working to reduce interest rates for borrowers by allowing those with outstanding student debt to refinance their student loans. She is also working to expand the reach of federal student aid dollars, including allowing Pell Grants to be used for short-term job training programs and increasing the maximum Pell Grant.
Senator Hassan has consistently fought to expand access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education and to assist more families with rising child care expenses. She is a cosponsor of the Child Care for Working Families Act, which would ensure that low- and middle-income families do not pay more than seven percent of their income for childcare. The bill would also ensure that all three and four year olds have access to high quality pre-school, including access to more supports for children who experience disabilities. Additionally, Senator Hassan has helped successfully secure increased funding for the Child Care Development Block Grant and Head Start Programs, and she will continue advocating for these vital programs.
Senator Hassan is also working to ensure that students – including veterans and service members – are not taken advantage of by predatory for-profit colleges that engage in unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent practices. To safeguard students and taxpayers from anti-student higher education practices, Senator Hassan introduced the PROTECT Students Act which would put in place common-sense consumer protections – such as providing loan forgiveness when a higher education institutions closes unexpectedly and holding job training programs accountable for job placement and earnings outcomes – to help ensure that higher education meets the needs of hard-working students.
Additionally, Senator Hassan recognizes the importance of supporting our K-12 public education system, which is essential to ensuring that every child, no matter his or her circumstances, has the chance to learn, grow, and lead. Senator Hassan has strongly opposed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s massive proposed cuts to the Department of Education and her efforts to implement a voucher system that would divert taxpayer dollars to private, religious, and for-profit schools without requirements for accountability.
September 14, 2021
NH Delegation Announces More than $3.2 Million to Strengthen Home Visiting Services for Underserved Communities, Expand Access to Essential Health Care Services at NH Schools
( Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that New Hampshire will receive $3,225,084 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to strengthen home visiting services for families in underserved communities and expand access to essential health care services at Granite State schools.Read More
September 03, 2021
NEW HAMPSHIRE - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement ahead of Labor Day:Read More
September 02, 2021
Senator Hassan Visits Apprenticeship Training Center in Brentwood to Discuss Importance of Infrastructure Investments
BRENTWOOD - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today visited the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Training (IUPAT) Center in Brentwood, where she spoke with union leaders and apprentices about the importance of infrastructure investments to help create good-paying jobs for Granite Staters. The Senate recently passed a bipartisan bill that Senator Hassan helped to negotiate that would provide major investments to help address New Hampshire’s aging infrastructure and create jobs that help benefit union members.
August 31, 2021
Senator Hassan Visits Littleton, Colebrook to Discuss Economic & Community Development in the North Country
LITTLETON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan visited White Mountains Community College (WMCC) Littleton Academic Center yesterday, where she heard about WMCC’s plan to use federal funding to help equip a new campus building that will house its advanced technology lab and classes. Northern Border Regional Commission funding is supporting this effort.
August 18, 2021
Following Calls from Senator Hassan, NH Schools Will Now Receive Full Reimbursement for PPE & Emergency Supplies
WASHINGTON - Following calls from U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Homeland Security Committee that oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Biden administration announced that schools in New Hampshire and across the country will receive a full reimbursement for emergency COVID-19-related expenses dating back to January 2020, including for personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies.Read More
August 12, 2021
DURHAM, N.H.- The U.S. Department of Education awarded the University of New Hampshire’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) a five-year grant totaling more than $3.2 million to provide support to more than 1,160 low-income and first-generation students in Granite State middle and high schools.Read More
August 05, 2021
U.S. Department of Education Approves New Hampshire’s Plan for Use of American Rescue Plan Funds to Support K-12 Schools and Students, Distributes Remaining $116 Million To State
Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced the approval of New Hampshire’s American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) plan and distributed remaining ARP ESSER funds to them. New Hampshire’s plan details how the state is using and plans to use ARP ESSER funds to safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and equitably expand opportunity for students who need it most, particularly those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More