Education

I am committed to expanding educational opportunities for all Americans and preparing them to succeed in a global economy.

As a father of two public school students, I believe that all children deserve an opportunity to benefit from a great public education. In the U.S. House of Representatives, I was proud to support the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which provided funding for states to develop innovative early learning standards and hire qualified and well-compensated childhood development professionals.

Earning a college degree shouldn't be a luxury, but something that every American family can afford, which is why in the Senate I have cosponsored legislation to keep federal student loan interest rates low. Investing in education improves job opportunities, increases lifetime earnings, and is essential to our nation's economic competitiveness.

As an engineer in the Senate, I know that a solid education in science, technology, and mathematics are pivotal in driving our country’s global competitiveness.

I will continue to work to ensure higher education is affordable and within reach for every student in New Mexico, and that educators have the resources, training, and support they need to help students succeed.  

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  • Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Announce $3.5 Million in NSF Grants to UNM for Transmission Electron Microscope, Professional Development for HS Teachers

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham announced two funding awards to the University of New Mexico (UNM), totaling $3.5 million, from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The awards will enable UNM to acquire a transmission electron microscope for state-of-the-art research, and will fund the creation of an online professional development program for high school science and mathematics teachers. Together, these initiatives aim to enhance science and computer education for students across New Mexico. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Announce $2.6 Million to NMSU for National Resource Hub for STEM Education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

    WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that New Mexico State University was awarded $2,633,530 in funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish the NSF National Resource Hub for STEM Education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Resource Hub). The HSI Resource Hub will serve as a nexus for strategies and tools to improve undergraduate STEM education at Hispanic-serving institutions throughout the nation. Read More


  • Heinrich, Udall Announce $249K Grant To APS For Native American Language Program

    August 10, 2018)- Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) Indian Education Department's Diné Bizaad & A:shiwi Language Program has received a $249,438 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The funding will support three years of instruction of both the Navajo (Diné) and Zuni (A:shiwi) languages in APS schools at the elementary and middle school levels. Read More


  • The State Of Rural Communities: A Report

    Recently, the Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a report that evaluated that state of the economy in rural communities, and proposed policies that could help them. Donna Resendez examines this report, with the help of a JEC press conference featuring Senator Martin Heinrich. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Announce NM Counties to Receive $42.6 Million in 2018 PILT Payments to Support Schools, Roads, First Responders, Crucial Services in Rural Communities

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that counties across New Mexico will receive more than $42.6 million through the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for Fiscal Year 2018. The total is a $4.1 million increase from the total payments the state received last year, helped by the advocacy of Udall and Heinrich. A full list of funding by county and the final state total is included below. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.1 Million In AmeriCorps Funding For New Mexico

    Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $3.1 million in AmeriCorps funding for New Mexico from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps and other national service programs. These grants will put nearly 300 AmeriCorps members on the ground to serve in communities across the state. Read More


  • Degrees Not Debt

    I just introduced new legislation called the Degrees Not Debt Act to modernize the Pell Grant and bring it up to a level where it should be so that our students can go to college without graduating with a mountain of debt. I hope you can take a moment to read and share my op-ed about my plan in this week's Alibi. … 

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  • Degrees Not Debt

    There's no doubt that a college education is still one of the surest ways to gain the skills needed to build a successful career. But if students and their families cannot afford to pay for a college education without taking on massive student loan debt, we are making that important investment in their future much more costly than it needs to be. Read More