Sen. Kennedy -- Advocate for Colleges and Students -- Dies

August 26, 2009

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy died late Tuesday night. In his role as Senate chairman of the committee with oversight of many key education and research programs, he was influential in the creation of many them and in the (largely successful) fights to block elimination of them when some sought to do so. Kennedy pushed to add funds for low-income students in a variety of measures. He was also active in efforts to defend affirmative action, to create Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, to encourage national service, and to add funds for biomedical research. A number of the senator's former aides on education issues hold key jobs in the Obama administration and higher education associations. A detailed list of the legislation he helped shape during his Senate career may be found here.

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