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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

January 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) today issued the following statements, laying out their mission for the 116th Congress.

December 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) has awarded $99,991 to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s (UTRGV) Project SSTARC (Social Studies Through Authentic and Relevant Content): Promoting Humanities Learning in Elementary Schools.

December 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Filemon Vela (TX-34), and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Head Start has awarded a continuation grant of $27,236,014 to Hidalgo County Head Start. This grant will help implement comprehensive child development programs that prepare young students, ages three to four, from low-income families for pre-school.

December 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded $45,500 to the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).

November 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congressmen Vincente Gonzalez (TX-15), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) announced over $88.4 million in federal awards for South Texas financially disadvantaged students and Hispanic education. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP). The awards will be allocated to the Region One Education Service Center (ESC) and Vanguard Academy Charter School to fund three educational programs over a seven-year period.

 

October 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) opened a district office in Seguin, Texas on Wednesday, October 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

 

The new office, located at 1243 Cardinal Ln., Seguin, Texas 78155, is the fifth office for residents in the 15th District of Texas and will serve constituents in the northernmost areas.

October 16, 2018 In The News

RIO GRANDE CITY, RGV – It’s a sign of just how much the Starr County economy has grown when its economic development leaders can be blasé about an investment of $50 million.

But, to some extent that is happening. Investments of more than $150 million and $250 million, mostly in the energy sector, are becoming the norm.

“The numbers today are a little surreal,” said Rose Benavidez, president of Starr County Industrial Foundation, which is the economic development division for what has historically been of the poorest counties in Texas. 

October 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $320,988 to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) to support agriculture science education via the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) Education Grant Program.

October 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program has approved a $174,857 grant for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).

October 2, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program has approved a $199,613 grant for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).  

“I thank the USDA for recognizing the needs of rural Texans and commend UTRGV for its commitment to harnessing the untapped potential in our communities,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “This important funding will unlock opportunities that allow even more Texans to thrive.”