Governor Maggie Hassan believes that education is essential to expanding economic opportunity and ensuring that all of our young people are equipped to compete in our changing global economy. Maggie was drawn to public service as an advocate fighting to ensure that children like her son Ben, who experiences severe disabilities, would be fully included in their communities and receive a high quality education at their local schools. Commitment to education also runs deep in Maggie’s family: her husband and daughter are both educators, along with both of her parents.
As Governor, Maggie has fought to make college more affordable for students and families while building a 21st century workforce pipeline for our businesses. Under Maggie’s leadership, New Hampshire froze in-state tuition at our universities for the first time in 25 years and reduced tuition at community colleges. In the Senate, Maggie will fight to expand Pell Grants, lower interest rates on student loans, allow borrowers to refinance at today’s lower rates and work toward the goal of debt-free public college for all. She will also work to expand apprenticeship opportunities and make federal higher education grants and loans more flexible to support adult workers who are learning new skills. And Maggie will crack down on predatory practices by certain for-profit schools that threaten to undermine efforts to expand opportunity in higher education.
At the K-12 level, Maggie has also fought to protect funding levels for New Hampshire’s public schools, launched a Science Technology Engineering and Math Task Force to modernize STEM education, developed a new program to partner manufacturing companies with local schools and led efforts to reduce standardized testing in favor of more locally managed assessments – a model that is expanding nationally based on New Hampshire’s success. In the Senate, Maggie will fight to expand early childhood education, focus on STEM and encourage more participation by girls and young women, give New Hampshire schools the flexibility to put federal dollars to the best possible use and continue the Granite State’s leadership in empowering local school districts, students and teachers.
To read more about Maggie’s plan to make higher education more affordable and build a stronger workforce, foster business innovation and expand middle class opportunity, read her Innovate NH 2.0 plan.