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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Education

Congressman Gonzalez firmly believes that children are the future and that all children deserve a quality education from nursery school to college and beyond.

The congressman works tirelessly to ensure that South Texas K-12 schools receive proper funding to equip teachers and prepare young people for the challenges they may face in the classroom and beyond.

Congressman Gonzalez is a strong supporter of Head Start, Title I, GEAR-UP, Pell Grant, and other programs that support early childhood education, secondary education and post-secondary education and enable children in low-income communities to fulfill their academic potential and graduate from high school ready for college.

The congressman realizes that while invaluable, a top-notch education can come at a high price. Congressman Gonzalez supports efforts to lower student loan debt and make college more accessible and affordable. The congressman co-sponsored two pieces of legislation that would address these issues: H.R. 2015, the Equitable Student Aid Access Act, which would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to facilitate the process of applying for financial aid, and H.R. 813, the Affordability for Constant and Continual Education to Enhance Student Success Act, which amends the higher education fund of 1965 to increase the number of Pell Grants a student can receive in one year.

 

 

More on Education

July 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, has awarded The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) nearly $500,000 in federal funding. The grant will finance the research and development of a Nano formulated Anti-HIV drug.

June 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible applicants to take advantage of school safety grants offered by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Available grants offer staff, faculty, and students threat-risk training and resources to help implement new security protocols, both on and off school campuses. 

June 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service partnership intended to engage more military veterans in farming and ranching. This program will assist veterans applying for FSA direct farm ownership loans, ultimately leading to advancements of land and capital.

June 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) announced a $1.5 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley through their Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Grant program.

The university will receive a $374,836.00 yearly grant over the next four years, totaling $1,499,344.00 in federal funds.  The grant was funded through the fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriation bill, which funds the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.

May 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that Leonardo Flores, a student at Edinburg High School, is the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. This year’s theme for the 15th District of Texas was ‘Home of the Brave,’ a celebration of our men and women in uniform.

Mr. Flores’ winning piece, ‘John 4:18,’ will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Congressional art competition winners are awarded a trip to Washington, D.C., and receive a $3,000 art scholarship to attend Savannah College of Arts and Design, or Tennessee Wesleyan College.

May 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez’s (TX-15) amendment to H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, passed the House. The amendment urges high schools with U.S. Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) to include cybersecurity education in their coursework.

May 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the Office of Head Start, within the Administration for Children and Families, has awarded the Hidalgo County Head Start Program $13,254,121 in program funding. This grant will help implement comprehensive child development programs that prepare young students, ages three to four, from low-income families for pre-school.

May 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has awarded approximately $3.6 million in federal funding to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine’s South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute (STDOI). Funding will be used to evaluate 1,000 Mexican Americans from large families and examine how environmental factors can contribute to the development of fatty liver disease.

May 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has awarded $143,300 in federal funding to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Sciences. Funding will be used to examine how cellular proteins in white blood cells impact inflammatory responses in skeletal muscle and better understand the connection between inflammatory responses and insulin resistance, which is a major determinant in the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

May 2, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is pleased to announce that 10 students from the 15th District of Texas have received offers to attend the U.S. Service Academies. These academies include the: U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. (West Point); U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.; U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.