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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.

 

 

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August 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was awarded $475,000 through the U.S. Department of Education for the High School Equivalency Program. This program is designed to help 100 migrant and seasonal farmworkers receive a secondary school diploma.

The High School Equivalency Program also helps migrant students find placement in an institution of higher education or other postsecondary education or training.

July 31, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $2,125,000 in federal funds were awarded to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) through the Department of Education’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). This grant will allow UTRGV to recruit, identify, and select 70 students from Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy Counties who are engaged, or whose parents are engaged, in migrant and other seasonal farm work, to participate in CAMP.

July 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was awarded $374,998 in federal grant funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF grant will support Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave-Observatory (LIGO) instrumentation and data analysis.

This grant will additionally provide funding for new gravitational wave detection techniques and experimental innovations to enhance the probability of discovering new gravitational waves sources.

July 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced $ 11,851,533 in final Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Title I formula allocations funds for school districts in the 15th District of Texas. The U.S. Department of Education recently released final totals in June 2019.

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.

July 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a $149,985 grant awarded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) for their Agroecology Professional Development Institute (APDI).

July 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced $99,673,712 in final totals for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Title I formula allocations funds for school districts in the Rio Grande Valley. The U.S. Department of Education recently released final totals earlier this month.

Title I funding assists schools in their efforts to provide students with fair, equal, and significant opportunities to obtain a high-quality education and reach state academic achievement standards and academic assessment goals.

June 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the 15th District of Texas was awarded $243,890 in AmeriCorps funding. The OneStar Foundation, Texas’s National Service Commission, announced ChildFund International USA as the recipient of the grants.

“I am pleased that AmeriCorps has made such investment in the 15th District,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “Programs like AmeriCorps strengthen our community by educating our youth and providing opportunities for people to make a difference.”

March 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to his support of an amendment to H.R. 1 that would lower the mandatory minimum voting age from 18-years-old to 16-years-old in federal elections.

March 6, 2019 In The News

Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging local Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) to apply for collaboration efforts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the 2019 Class of the E. Kika De La Garza Fellows Program.

The E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program offers faculty and staff from HSIs the opportunity to collaborate with the USDA to gain insight and understanding of the federal government. These fellowships allow participants to learn about available opportunities at the USDA and other federal agencies.

March 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging local Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) to apply for collaboration efforts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the 2019 Class of the E. Kika De La Garza Fellows Program.

The E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program offers faculty and staff from HSIs the opportunity to collaborate with the USDA to gain insight and understanding of the federal government. These fellowships allow participants to learn about available opportunities at the USDA and other federal agencies.