Chuck believes that we can’t maintain our standing as the greatest nation in the world if we don’t maintain the greatest education system in the world, and that promise of a brighter future for our students and our country depends on a dramatically improved education system, one that is accessible and affordable to all Americans. Chuck has fought to make sure New York’s students get the best possible education – from the first day of pre-k through high school graduation day – by increasing federal investments for proven programs that work in our schools. For middle-class families struggling to afford college, Chuck created the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides a $2,500 tax credit per year for college students and their families.  He has also focused on supporting community colleges and worker-training programs that prepare students for in-demand jobs by partnering with local businesses to launch students directly into the work force.