Rick Santorum has worked to provide students, parents, schools and teachers the tools to obtain a high-quality education for children across Pennsylvania. Rick has supported the landmark No Child Left Behind Act as well as other initiatives to make college more accessible and affordable for Pennsylvania's youth.
Rick Santorum supported the No Child Left Behind Act, which has been the most historic legislative initiative enhancing education to pass Congress in decades. This legislation sets important standards for our schools and our teachers, and most importantly, provides the tools for our children to succeed.
Rick Santorum supports increased funding for Pell Grants and since 2001, the Pell Grant program has increased by 47 percent.
Rick has worked to strengthen the many higher education institutions across Pennsylvania from community colleges to four-year universities. Through grants and policy initiatives, Rick Santorum is proud to further the priorities of Pennsylvania's colleges and universities.
Rick has also worked to address the technology gap that exists at many Minority Serving Institutions by establishing a new grant program providing up to $250 million to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) bridge the digital divide.
Rick has been a champion for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA, which Congress passed in 2004, provides much-needed tools for parents, teachers and schools to provide the highest quality education for students with disabilities. Within IDEA is a provision that Rick Santorum authored, which reduces the paperwork burden on special education teachers.
Rick Santorum has been extremely innovative in looking for ways to help children succeed. An original sponsor of the America Saving for Personal Investment, Retirement, and Education (ASPIRE) Act of 2005; Rick supports providing every newborn with a savings account called a KIDS Account that can be used for higher education once that individual turns 18.
Rick Santorum supports expanding Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) to make it easier for parents to invest in their children's education. ESAs, which are similar to Roth IRAs, currently allow parents and others to place up to $500 per year, per child, in a tax-free savings account for higher education expenses.