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.
March 24, 2021
Following Advocacy from Senator Hassan, Granite Staters Defrauded by Predatory For-Profit Colleges will Receive More Than $2 Million in Borrower Defense Forgiveness
WASHINGTON - Following continued advocacy by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, the U.S. Department of Education announced that 155 Granite Staters who were defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges will receive a total of more than $2 million in borrower defense forgiveness.Read More
March 24, 2021
Senators Hassan & Shaheen Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Help More Americans Access Job Trainings
U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen joined colleagues in reintroducing the Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act. This bipartisan legislation would help expand access to more job training programs for students and workers who need additional training, or a leg up in their career, by making high-quality, shorter-term education and training programs eligible for federal Pell Grants. With millions of workers having suffered permanent job loss due to industry disruptions resulting from COVID-19, access to these postsecondary education and training options to reskill and reenter the workforce has never been more important.Read More
March 23, 2021
Sens. Collins, Hassan & Reps. Stefanik, Harder Introduce Legislation to Help Rural Students and Communities Succeed
Washington, D.C. - In a bipartisan effort to help rural communities thrive, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Elise Stefanik (NY-21) and Josh Harder (CA-10) introduced The Success for Rural Students and Communities Act. Their bipartisan, bicameral bill would assist rural students in reaching their higher education goals and connect them with employment opportunities in their hometowns. Senator Collins spoke from the Senate floor urging her colleagues to support this bipartisan bill. The legislation is co-sponsored by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Tina Smith (D-MN).Read More
March 21, 2021
Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Bill to Support Colleges in Pursuing Innovative Programs to Improve Student Success
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and Finance Committee, joined her colleagues in reintroducing the bipartisan Innovation Zone Act. This bipartisan legislation would strengthen an initiative under the Higher Education Act that colleges, including Southern New Hampshire University, have used to create pilot-programs that can improve student outcomes and prepare them for the workforce.
March 18, 2021
NH Delegation Announces Nearly $41 Million in Funding from the American Rescue Plan to Expand COVID-19 Testing in 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 $40,953,829 from an initial installment of grants established under the American Rescue Plan to help expand COVID-19 testing in New Hampshire and across the country. Specifically, the funding is being awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will help Granite State schools quickly create and strengthen COVID-19 testing programs to facilitate the reopening process as well as boost testing in underserved populations. In total, the American Rescue Plan contains $47.8 billion for COVID-19 testing, the first $10 billion of which will now be disbursed to states. In this first allotment, New Hampshire received $40,953,829.Read More
March 17, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Representative Annie Kuster, and Representative Chris Pappas announced today that through the American Rescue Plan, New Hampshire K-12 schools will receive $350,501,633 to help schools safely reopen and support students. The American Rescue Plan includes Senator Hassan’s amendment to require schools receiving these funds to develop and make public reopening plans, as well as dedicated funding that Senator Hassan helped secure for students who experience disabilities.
March 12, 2021
Senator Hassan Leads Push to Fully Reimburse NH Schools for Personal Protective Equipment and Other Emergency Supplies
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) is leading a group of her colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to fully reimburse schools in New Hampshire and across the country for emergency COVID-19 related expenses, including personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies.