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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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April 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) joined his fellow Democratic members of the Texas congressional delegation in a request sent to the U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, seeking to overcome Governor Abbott’s obstruction of federal education funds from reaching Texas schools.

April 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $1,295,684 for the Community Council of South Central Texas (CCSCT). This funding comes as part of the Head Start program funding awarded to promote schools readiness for pre-school children from low-income families. These funds are part of an installment for a five year grant. 

The award is expected to provide comprehensive assistance including: educational, nutritional, health, social, and special services.

March 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced he helped to secure $920,367,000 in federal funds as part of the American Rescue Plan for Rio Grande Valley Title I schools in the 15th District of Texas.

March 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced he helped secure $125,273,000 in federal funds as part of the American Rescue Plan for Central and South Texas Title I schools in the 15th District of Texas. 

March 10, 2021 Press Release

 
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that he helped secure more than $380 million with the passage of the COVID-19 relief package The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The package would provide approximately $380,708,022.26 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to cities and counties throughout South Texas. These funds will be used to help these communities recover from the devastating effects that the pandemic has had on local economies and livelihoods.  
 

February 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that he would vote in favor of the American Rescue Plan proposed by President Joe Biden. The American Rescue Plan is a $1.9 trillion economic relief package that would help American families and small businesses struggling to make ends meet.

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.