Max knows that education is essential to preserving a skilled American workforce that can support a strong and growing middle class. He is determined that we provide our teachers and public schools with the resources necessary to prepare our children for the challenges of the 21st century. That’s why Max cosponsored legislation to rebuild America’s schools, reauthorize funding for special needs programs, and supported school meals and school-based health clinics that have made positive impacts in our district. Max was also proud to help pass the CARES Act into law, which delivered $1.9 billion in funding for New York K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, and recipients of emergency relief grants through Governor Cuomo. Max has continued to pressure the Senate to pass the Heroes Act, which the House passed in July and delivers an additional $15 billion in funding for New York State primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools.
Max also cares that our schools are places of tolerances and acceptance, which is why he introduced Danny’s Law¸ a bill to create a national committee to study bullying in schools and advise Congress on how we can ensure that every student has the opportunity to learn in a bully-free environment. Max also cosponsored the Never Again Education Act, a bill to create a national curriculum on Holocaust education so that all Americans know what happens when hate is allowed to fester unchallenged.
Max is committed to lowering the student debt burden, so that rising costs of education are never a barrier for those choosing to go to college. The national student debt is approaching crisis levels, which is why Max supports the Bipartisan Student Loan Refinancing and Recalculating Act, which will reduce overall student loan debt, prevent the federal government from profiting off interest charged to student borrowers, and allows post-graduate students to further defer repayment until they complete their professional training. Max is also a supporter of student debt transparency, and has supported numerous bills to ensure that loan providers properly educate students on the responsibilities and terms of repayment associated with their loans. During the coronavirus crisis, Max fought for and secured forbearance on all federal student loans offered through the Department of Education, and supported a bill to allow all student loan borrowers to take advantage of historically low interest rates to refinance their student debt.
Max also knows that education isn’t just about primary, secondary, and college education. We need to do more to invest in early childhood education, as well as childcare options for working families. That’s why Max has supported increased federal funding for childcare providers, especially through the coronavirus crisis, as well as expanding the childcare tax credit for students under 26 and permanently disabled dependents so that families can afford to take care of their children, no matter their age or condition. Max also supports career and technical education programs, so that students who don’t want to go to college have the option to get professional and technical skills that can lead to high-paying, union jobs. Most significantly, Max sponsored a bill that would ensure that all children of essential workers who died or were injured while working during the coronavirus pandemic are eligible to receive federal benefits to attend a college or technical program of their choice. Education is the bedrock of our society, and these benefits are the least we can do for the families of those who sacrificed everything to keep our country going during the pandemic.