Allen believes that a strong foundation for a thriving economy begins when we provide a great education for every American—regardless of age, income, or background. Allen believes that we must support children, families, teachers, and communities in the development of high-quality educational opportunities. He believes in quality Head Start programs and legislation that ends hunger in our schools by expanding access to the federal school lunch program.
To address the skyrocketing cost of higher education, Allen supports the overhaul of our federal student loan system by supporting the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. The law expands educational opportunities by strengthening the Pell Grant program and investing in community colleges. It will end government subsidies given to private financial institutions, which will make more money directly available to students so they can pursue a world-class education.