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Education is one of the most powerful tools we can give our children. From early education all the way through graduate studies and beyond, Brian strongly believes that all students should be given an equal chance to succeed. In order to prepare students to enter the workforce, Higgins has been a strong advocate for math and science education, in addition to workforce training programs, to give students the marketable skills they need to compete in a globalized economy. Brian has also been outspoken on the need to make higher education more affordable to reduce the skyrocketing education debt burden faced by so many recent graduates. 


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May 9, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the House Floor yesterday to congratulate Seamus Degan, Rex Herzberg, and Hakeem Salem, City Honors High School students who were chosen to present their research projects at the Congressional Science Fair, hosted in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. 

May 7, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the House Floor to recognize Teacher Appreciation Week, which is observed each year from May 5-9. Higgins encouraged his colleagues to recommit to adequately funding education programs and ensuring that teachers have access to necessary resources. 

May 2, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the deadline for submitting entries to the Congressional Student App Challenge has been extended to May 30, 2014. 

“As the school year comes to an end, we know that many high school students have a number of obligations,” said Congressman Higgins. “Because designing an application takes time, we wanted to make sure that everyone who is interested in participating in this challenge, has the necessary time to do so.”

Apr 7, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that Buffalo has been chosen to receive one of 24 Youth CareerConnect Awards announced nationwide.  The $3,898,700 grant awarded to Buffalo Public Schools, through the U.S. Department of Labor in consultation with the U.S. Department of Education, will support coordinated efforts to better educate and train youth for the needs of today’s workforce. 

Sep 13, 2013 Press Release
One hundred and fifty kids from one of Buffalo’s poorest neighborhoods will be educated at the new $3.5 million Buffalo Promise Neighborhood (BPN) Children’s Academy which opened today on Bailey Avenue.
Jul 26, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc. has been awarded over $2.88 million in federal funding through the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Department of Labor. The funding will support two AmeriCorps programs aimed at improving education outcomes for children in Buffalo schools and providing financial literacy training to residents and a YouthBuild program which will teach construction skills to at-risk young adults while improving neighborhood properties.
Jun 25, 2013 Press Release
Federal student loan rates are scheduled to increase from 3.4% to 6.8% in less than a week if Congress doesn’t act. As Congressman Higgins heads back to Washington, DC for votes he is pushing for action in the House of Representatives to keep higher education borrowing affordable.
Jun 18, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is urging leadership in the House of Representatives to act quickly to prevent college student loan rates from doubling. The current interest rate under the Federal Direct Student Loan Program is 3.4 percent. That number is expected to increase to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2013 unless preventative action is taken.
Nov 15, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins joined University at Buffalo’s School of Dental Medicine for the unveiling of “S-miles To Go,” its new state-of-the-art mobile dental van.