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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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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).

 

August 12, 2021 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement following the implementation of mask mandates at several South Texas schools:  

July 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $1,250,338 for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s (UTRGV) South Texas Industrial Assessment Center (ST-IAC). This initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of a larger $60 million nationwide investment for university-based Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs).

 

July 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a grant of $4,200,000 for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The proposed Partnership for Research and Education and Materials

July 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $454,668 in federal funding for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. 

 

The program aims to research, identify, and combat fears of visiting dentists’ offices and having dental procedures.  

 

July 7, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced $17,713,384 in final federal funds for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Title I allocations for Local Education Agencies (LEA) in the 15th District of Texas. The U.S. Department of Education has released the final formula allocations for these funds, which were preliminarily announced in January. 

 

July 7, 2021 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced $130,332,854 in final federal funds for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Title I allocations for Local Education Agencies (LEA) in the 15th District of Texas. The U.S. Department of Education has released the final formula allocations for these funds, which were preliminarily announced in January.  

 

July 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced the launch of the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) application period and urged local schools and libraries to apply for funding to help students, teachers, and library patrons get the tools they need to connect to the internet from home.  

 

June 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement following the news of South Texas College’s decision to forgive $2 million in student debt: