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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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January 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced $17,747,300 in preliminary Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Title I formula allocations funds for Local Educational Agencies (LEA) in the 15th District of Texas. The U.S. Department of Education will release final totals in June 2021.

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.

January 21, 2021 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced $130,031,486 in preliminary federal funds for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) 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 2021.

October 8, 2020 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a $2,905,113 grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to IDEA Public Schools through their Teacher Incentive Fund program.

 

October 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) introduced H.R. 8514, the Student Loan Relief Bill, mandating the Secretary of Education provide federal student loan forgiveness amounting to $25,000 for borrowers. 

The Student Loan Relief Bill as introduced will provide $775.5 billion in debt relief to over 43 million Americans and forgive nearly half of student debt held by individuals.

October 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced $12,000,892 in final Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Title I formula allocations funds for schools districts in Central and South Texas in the 15th District of Texas from the U.S. Department of Education.  

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. 

October 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced $105,358,938 in Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Title I formula allocations funds for Local Educational Agencies (LEA) in the Rio Grande Valley.  

Title I funding assist school districts in the effort to give all students fair, equal, and significant opportunities to obtain a high-quality education. The funding also supports students reach state academic achievement standards and academic assessment goals. 

August 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a $1,643,385 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) to research how different approaches to mentoring affect youth. 

July 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement following the decision of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to rescind a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the pandemic:

July 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) called out Mr. Trump’s plan to cut federal funds for public schools if they do not fully reopen in the fall:

“Donald Trump should be ashamed of himself. Threatening to cut federal funds if schools do not fully reopen is disgraceful. This a ploy that will endanger students, teachers and parents in the hopes of improving the U.S. economy for his re-election campaign. Our children shouldn't be used as pawns in his political game because he failed as a leader.”

 

July 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON –  Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) released a statement following the Trump administration’s decision to strip international students of their U.S. visas if their coursework is done entirely online during a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic: