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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.

 

 

More on Education

January 5, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - OnTuesday, January 4, 2022, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15)announced a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)for McAllen Independent School District (ISD). 

 

December 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday, December 2, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a $14,797,266 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Hidalgo County Head Start Program, Inc. 

 

November 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $1,311,305 in funding from Head Start for the Community Council of South Central Texas. This grant will support South Texas families and school programs in the creation of individualized approaches that foster academic success. 

November 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, November 19, 2021, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) released the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act:

 

October 12, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a grant of $4,008,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for Region One Education Service Center (ESC), which includes every school district within the Rio Grande Valley as well Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg and Brooks counties.  

October 8, 2021 Press Release

McAllen, Texas— Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that schools and libraries can apply for additional funding from the American Rescue Plan to enhance broadband internet services now through October 13, 2021. Local schools and libraries can learn more about eligibility and apply 

October 4, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was awarded $2,000,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration. 

 

September 22, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that four schools in the 15th District of Texas have been awarded the prestigious 2021 National Blue Ribbon Award by the U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona. The schools receiving this honor are: Hidalgo Elementary School, Navarro Elementary School, South Texas Preparatory Academy, and Achieve Early College High School.

September 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressman Vincente Gonzalez (TX-15) released 

September 14, 2021 Press Release

Washington – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $5,000,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the establishment of the Center for Multidisciplinary Research Excellence in Cyber-Physical Infrastructure Systems (CIS) at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).