Affordable Higher Education
The Big Picture
Rising student loan debt, student loan payment default rates, and unemployment rates for college, graduate school, and professional school degree holders have created a crisis facing young people.
Boost the Economy Through Student Loan Reductions
Reducing student loan debt potentially frees up hundreds of billions of dollars that can be directed into our economy in more productive and constructive ways, including consumer goods, housing purchases, retirement savings, and charitable giving.
ADA and Working Families Win in Action -- Proposed legislation in the form of the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012 (Rep. Hansen Clarke, D-Michigan, lead sponsor) limits student loan repayment amounts to 10 percent of discretionary income, caps student loan interest rates at 3.4 percent, and allows for forgiveness of student loans for graduates in public service positions. Contact your Representative and ask him/her to support the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012.
ADA has a long history of involvement in education and education policy. We need to improve our education system in order to keep the U.S. competitive with other countries in technology, manufacturing and other industries. High quality pre-K through affordable higher education are top priorities for ADA.
In order to secure a strong economic future and bring back the middle class, the U.S. needs to combat educational inequality. Many school districts, particularly those with higher-income families and high property value, provide excellent education and a broad choice of after-school programs, while many big city and rural districts, especially those with an inadequate property tax base and or particularly high social costs, suffer from substandard education and after-school opportunities. High-income families have access to high quality college preparation and high quality pre-school education while less endowed school districts do not.
Representative Mazie Hirono (D-HI) has introduced H.R. 702, the Providing Resources Early for Kids Act of 2009 or the PRE-K Act. It has 74 co-sponsors. The bill amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to states to enhance or improve state-funded preschool programs.
ADA Policy Statements on Education
Talk to Congress About Education
ADA Honorary Vice President Donald M. Payne (D-NJ) is on the Education and Labor Committee as well as the Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee. Phone: (202) 225-3436
ADA Honorary Vice President Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) is also on the Committee and Subcommittee of Education and Labor. Phone: 202-225-5161
ADA/PAC supported Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA) is also on the Committee and Subcommittee of Education and Labor. Phone: 202-225-2011
Take Action for Education