As the father of triplets and a former school transportation supervisor, I understand the need to invest in early childhood education, like Head Start, so that every child has the foundation for success from cradle to career. My Promise Neighborhoods Act will support community-based efforts to level the playing field for low-income children and narrow educational disparities that exist in many of our communities.  Furthermore, I strongly believe in reforming No Child Left Behind so that schools and teachers are rewarded based on their successes rather than punished for their failures, teachers are compensated fairly, and students have modern schools and technology to compete globally. Moreover, higher education is not only a pathway to success, but making college affordable is essential to growing our economy. As such, we must continue to invest in Pell Grants and reduce the soaring costs of higher education because no child should be denied an opportunity to get a college degree simply because they cannot afford it. 

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March 11, 2020 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today for awarding $1.5 million in grant funding to New Jersey to test for lead in the drinking water of all city schools and childcare facilities. 

January 27, 2020 Press Release

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March 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On March 13, the House Committee on Homeland Security will mark up H.R. 1593, the Coordinating and Leveraging Activities for School Security (CLASS) Act, which Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) introduced on March 7. The CLASS Act would position the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to better address escalating risks to school security. Congressman Payne, Jr. is Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.

December 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the Trump administration released its School Safety Commission Report. The Commission Report ignores evidence-based violence prevention strategies and would roll back anti-discrimination educational policies. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), incoming Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security issued the following statement:


December 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) announced the winner of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for high school students in New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District. Zoe Lynch of Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey, was named the winner for her charitable services app GiveGetNJ. GiveGetNJ pairs people in need with charitable organizations that provide local services, and the app helps pair donors with local charities.

December 4, 2017 Press Release

NEWARK, N.J. — Over the weekend, the Senate passed its comprehensive tax reform bill. At noon today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), will join Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) and Albio Sires (NJ-08) at a joint press conference at Rutgers—Newark. In advance of the press conference, Rep. Payne, Jr., issued the following statement:

July 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) introduced the Prioritizing Education in Conflict Zones Act of 2017 in the United States House of Representatives, which will provide assistance to expand and promote primary and secondary education for refugees, including girls, from areas of conflict.

May 26, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) today announced the awarding of $3,662,085 in Fiscal Year 2017 grant funding to New Jersey institutions of higher education through the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound Program for pre-college education programs for disadvantage students.
March 28, 2017 Press Release
Last week, ahead of their meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, the Congressional Black Caucus presented the president with a 130-page policy document titled, “We Have a Lot to Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century.” Included in the document are a number of Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.’s (NJ-10) priorities on gun safety reform, testing for lead contamination, colorectal cancer detection, and childhood education.
May 9, 2016 Press Release
Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) visited The Leaguers, Inc. in Newark to highlight the importance of early learning and Head Start programs for New Jersey families and communities.