Claire believes that every student should have access to a quality, affordable education. A product of Missouri’s public schools, Claire waited tables at the Lake of the Ozarks to put herself through college and law school at Mizzou.
At the K-12 level, Claire has fought to protect funding for Head Start and school meal programs. She supports providing loan forgiveness to public school teachers after 10 years of service, so our local schools can attract the top talent. And she supported legislation that saved and created school jobs in Missouri during the height of the recession — legislation that provided Missouri with nearly $921 million and saved or created more than 8,000 elementary and secondary school jobs.
Claire has repeatedly voted to increase access to affordable student loans and grants, including Pell Grants, so that more students can afford to go to college. She has also helped to pass comprehensive student loan legislation that cut out for-profit middlemen and cosponsored legislation to allow individuals to refinance their student loans at lower rates.
In addition to her work to make college more affordable, Claire has focused on curbing sexual assault on college campuses, launching the first Congressional inquiry into how colleges and universities handle sexual assault on campuses. As a result of this survey, Claire has introduced bipartisan legislation to professionalize the response to sexual assault on college campuses to better protect and empower students.
The daughter of a World War II veteran, Claire has also worked to ensure that our veterans can access education when they come home from service. Claire has sponsored legislation to provide financial assistance to veterans to help pay for college or vocational training and cosponsored legislation that would prevent veterans and their families from being taken advantage of by unscrupulous educational institutions.