Letter to the editor: Jan Banks

Susan Collins puts our Maine students and educators first

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 6:45pm

As a retired teacher, I greatly respect Senator Susan Collins and the work she has done in Washington to support Maine children and young people from Head Start through high school and college. 

Our Maine students and schools have benefited greatly from Senator Collins' advocacy over her many years of service as a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and as one of the most senior members of the Appropriations Committee.  Further, she co-chairs the Senate Rural Education Caucus, a group that organized to serve as a voice for rural educators and school districts in the Senate.
Senator Collins authored the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP), which helps level the playing field for students in rural school districts with high poverty rates.  This program has helped many Maine children over several years.  And this past winter, she led the efforts to ensure that REAP and its vital funding continue to provide support for our students and schools, many of which would have lost program eligibility due to changes the federal Department of Education had proposed in February.  Thank you, Senator Collins!
Susan Collins puts our Maine students and educators first. And she has done and continues to do so much for the people of Maine.  Please join me in supporting her re-election.
Jan Banks lives in Belfast