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Statement from Deborah Delisle, President and CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education, on the United States Innovation and Competition Act

For Release: June 9, 2021

Contact: Dorie Turner Nolt, 404.861.1127,

“The United States Innovation and Competition Act includes key investments in expanding access to postsecondary STEM pathways by giving high school students the chance to get college credit before graduation while also gaining exposure to college-level science, technology, engineering, and math classes. This bill will help keep America competitive with other countries for years to come by encouraging more students, particularly low-income and first-generation college students, to complete a higher education degree. It also will help address the decline in college enrollment due to the pandemic by providing students a more affordable and faster pathway to a degree. We applaud Senators Murray, Burr, Hassan, Young, and Schumer and urge the House to pass this legislation quickly so that all students, especially historically underserved students, can access these critical programs. America’s future depends upon a well-educated citizenry and this legislation helps to attain that goal.”


Deborah S. Delisle is the president and CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education and served as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education from 2012 to 2015.  

The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those underperforming and those historically underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.