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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.

 

 

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May 6, 2020 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a federal award of $385,000 made available through the Small Business Administration (SBA) to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC). 

The VBOC at UTRGV helps to create, retain, and develop veteran-owned businesses across Texas by connecting veterans to local, SBA-sponsored technical and managerial assistance.

April 15, 2020 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $55,764,850 for higher education institutions in the 15th District of Texas. This federal funding comes as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will help colleges and universities with the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

March 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) along with 71 other House Members sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos requesting the cost of protective measures for COVID-19 do not fall on students. 

Many students have taken out student loans and incurred debt to pay for their educational expenses. The Members asked for the U.S. Department of Education to work with higher education institutions to reimburse housing expenses, tuition and study abroad programs to mitigate the financial impact of the coronavirus for students. 

March 4, 2020 Press Release

SEGUIN, Texas – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging students in the San Antonio area who are interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy to attend the Service Academy Day at the University of Texas San Antonio Downtown Campus at the Buena Vista Theater from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Students will learn about the admissions process for the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

February 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $49,900 in federal grant funding for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) for research on brain aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. The funding will be used to study the impact and risk factors of each on people residing in low-resource settings and in low and middle-income countries.

February 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced $11,686,696 in preliminary federal funds for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Title I allocations for South Texas schools in the 15th District of Texas. The U.S. Department of Education will release final totals in June 2020.

Title I Grants to local school districts are intended to ensure that the most financially and socially disadvantaged children have an equal opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach proficiency on state academic assessments.

February 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced $108,034,097 in preliminary federal funds for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Title I for schools in the Rio Grande Valley in the 15th District of Texas. The U.S. Department of Education will release final totals in June 2020.

Title I Grants to local school districts are intended to ensure that the most financially and socially disadvantaged children have an equal opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach proficiency on state academic assessments.

January 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a $13,856,191 award in federal funding for the Hidalgo County Head Start Program. Head Start is a federal program that promotes schools readiness for pre-school children from low-income families.

The award is expected to provide comprehensive assistance including: educational, nutritional, health, social, and special services, to upwards of 3,690 children and their families in Hidalgo County. 

December 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that a total of 10 submissions were received for the Congressional App Challenge (CAC) from the 15th District of Texas. The CAC is a district-wide competition to encourage middle school and high school students from each Congressional district to learn to code and inspire them to pursue careers in computer science and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

November 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $1,243,658 in funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs for a five-year program called Project PLEASE (Program for Leaders to Educate and Advocate for Special Education) at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Project PLEASE will train 14 district educators from the Rio Grande Valley to administer special education and early intervention programs.