Congressman Hoyer is strongly committed to ensuring Maryland schools continue to be among the best in the nation and students have the education and skills they need to succeed.

He is also a strong supporter of Full-Service Community Schools, modeled after the highly successful Judy Centers throughout Maryland, which coordinates educational and social service programs through collaborative partnerships with school districts and community-based organizations. By placing services under one roof, Congressman Hoyer believes schools can more effectively and efficiently provide families with access to services they might not easily have access to otherwise.

Congressman Hoyer also helped enact the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which saved taxpayers money, made critical investments in higher education by significantly increasing funding for Pell Grants, made loan repayment more affordable by expanding the Income Based Repayment program, and provided $2 billion to strengthen our community colleges.  Additionally, he supports investing in education for disadvantaged students and students with disabilities, providing additional funds for teacher professional development and protecting Pell Grant funding for needy students pursuing higher education.

Hoyer Introduces Bill to Support Full Service Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Steny Hoyer today met with leading advocates of full-service community schools to discuss his introduction of the "Full-Service Community Schools Act." This bill, which will be introduced later this week, authorizes funding for full-service community schools, which are public elementary or secondary schools that coordinate multiple federal, state and local educational and social service programs in partnerships with school districts, community-based organizations and public/private partnerships. Congressman Hoyer helped establish "Judy Centers" across Maryland, which are full-service schools.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Awarded for Support of Stock Market Education Program

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny Hoyer today received recognition for his sponsorship of a team of students from Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro in the Securities Industry Association's (SIA) "Capitol Hill Challenge," a special competition using SIA's Stock Market Education Program. The Stock Market Game introduces young people to the capital markets and the basics of investing within the framework of an interactive, educational simulation.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Keynote Speaker at Charles County Third Annual Good Scout Award Dinner

WALDORF, MD - Congressman Steny Hoyer gave the keynote address at the Third Annual Good Scout Award Dinner last night honoring Frank Chaney for exemplifying the attributes of a "good scout." Representative Hoyer recognized Mr. Chaney at the dinner for his impressive contributions to the southern Maryland community. Following are Congressman Hoyer's remarks as prepared for delivery:________________________________________________________________________

Frederick Douglass High School Students Participating in 'Capitol Hill Challenge'

UPPER MARLBORO - Congressman Steny Hoyer visited Frederick Douglass High School today to talk to students and faculty about their participation in The Stock Market Game. Frederick Douglass students have been competing in the 'Capitol Hill Challenge' since March, which is supported by Congressman Steny Hoyer and 16 other members of Congress to introduce high school students to our capital markets.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Marks Founding of First Public School

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny Hoyer released the following statement today in recognition of the founding of the first public school in America in 1635.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Announces Federal Funds to Connect Entrepreneurs with Region's Top Resources

LA PLATA, MD - Congressman Steny Hoyer today visited the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) to announce almost $500,000 in federal funds he secured for business incubation programs supported by CSM and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) Business Incubation Initiative to fund the further development of the existing incubators in Charles and Calvert Counties. The funding will also support business incubation initiatives at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.________________________________________________________________________

Rep. Hoyer Talks to America's Future Leaders About Making Laws

MECHANICSVILLE, MD - This morning, Congressman Steny Hoyer spoke to more than 200 4th and 5th graders at Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School in St. Marys County. Rep. Hoyer was the keynote speaker at an assembly where the students learned about how laws are made and the legislative process. Congressman Hoyer visits the students at Lettie Marshall Dent on a yearly basis to teach our future leaders about the importance of the legislative process.________________________________________________________________________

Rep. Hoyer Encourages High School Students to Participate in Congressional Arts Competition

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny Hoyer invites high school art students who reside in the 5th Congressional District, which includes Calvert, Charles and St. Marys Counties, and parts of Prince Georges and Anne Arundel Counties, to participate in the 2004 Annual Congressional Arts Competition.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Celebrates "Girl Scout Week" by Honoring Maryland Girl Scouts

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny Hoyer expressed his gratitude to Girl Scouts from across Maryland this week by joining them to celebrate "Girl Scout Week," a week dedicated to one of the core qualities of Girl Scouting, community service.________________________________________________________________________