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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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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:

June 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced $12,001,631 in final Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Title I formula allocations funds for Local Educational Agencies (LEA) 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.

June 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced $109,118,263 in final Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Title I formula allocations funds for Local Educational Agencies (LEA) in the Rio Grande Valley 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.

June 8, 2020 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a U.S. Department of Health and Human Service federal grant of $95,455 for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Area Health Education Centers Program to combat COVID-19.

This grant will help UTRGV expand its capacity to provide services for those affected by COVID-19 and additional health care for rural communities.

May 6, 2020 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a federal award of $385,000 made available through the Small Business Administration (SBA) to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC). 

The VBOC at UTRGV helps to create, retain, and develop veteran-owned businesses across Texas by connecting veterans to local, SBA-sponsored technical and managerial assistance.

April 15, 2020 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $55,764,850 for higher education institutions in the 15th District of Texas. This federal funding comes as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will help colleges and universities with the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

March 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) along with 71 other House Members sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos requesting the cost of protective measures for COVID-19 do not fall on students. 

Many students have taken out student loans and incurred debt to pay for their educational expenses. The Members asked for the U.S. Department of Education to work with higher education institutions to reimburse housing expenses, tuition and study abroad programs to mitigate the financial impact of the coronavirus for students. 

March 4, 2020 Press Release

SEGUIN, Texas – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging students in the San Antonio area who are interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy to attend the Service Academy Day at the University of Texas San Antonio Downtown Campus at the Buena Vista Theater from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Students will learn about the admissions process for the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.