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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

October 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that Vanguard Academy Charter Schools received a School Climate Transformation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Vanguard Academy Charter Schools was awarded $739,887 for a period of five years, which will total $3,699,435. 

October 2, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Education awarded $2,636,705 to IDEA Public Schools under the Education Innovation and Research (EIR)– Early-Phase Program. The grant will be used to implement the Mathways to STEM Success which will promote STEM education and serve more the 43,000 high-need students in grades 6 through 12.
 
October 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced Seguin Independent School District (ISD) was awarded a School Climate Transformation Grant by the U.S. Department of Education. Seguin ISD was awarded $750,000 for a period of five years, which will total $3,750,000.

October 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Education awarded $2,636,705 to IDEA Public Schools under the Education Innovation and Research (EIR)– Early-Phase Program. The grant will be used to implement the Mathways to STEM Success program which will promote STEM education and serve more the 43,000 high-need students in grades 6 through 12.

October 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $24,875 in federal funding for the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). The grant will help fund the Biochar-Geomedia Water Filter project that will create a low-cost prototype water filter to treat lead and other chemicals in drinking water. 

August 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was awarded $475,000 through the U.S. Department of Education for the High School Equivalency Program. This program is designed to help 100 migrant and seasonal farmworkers receive a secondary school diploma.

The High School Equivalency Program also helps migrant students find placement in an institution of higher education or other postsecondary education or training.

July 31, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $2,125,000 in federal funds were awarded to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) through the Department of Education’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). This grant will allow UTRGV to recruit, identify, and select 70 students from Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy Counties who are engaged, or whose parents are engaged, in migrant and other seasonal farm work, to participate in CAMP.

July 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was awarded $374,998 in federal grant funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF grant will support Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave-Observatory (LIGO) instrumentation and data analysis.

This grant will additionally provide funding for new gravitational wave detection techniques and experimental innovations to enhance the probability of discovering new gravitational waves sources.

July 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced $ 11,851,533 in final Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Title I formula allocations funds for school districts in the 15th District of Texas. The U.S. Department of Education recently released final totals in June 2019.

Title I funding provides for the expansion and development of educational programs that are fair and equal. These funds also support schools in the creation of opportunities for student success.

July 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a $149,985 grant awarded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) for their Agroecology Professional Development Institute (APDI).