“You can’t grow your economy if you don’t have an educated workforce.” – Those words from Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick could not be more true. Texas is leading the way with bold, conservative education reform that ditches the idea of “college for all” and instead gives students and their parents multiple pathways to a career. Teachers, administrators and students must be held accountable for competent performance. The system should be free from undue bias, which can distort students' perspectives on the world they must interact with to be competitive in a global market.
September 18th, 2020
Yesterday I announced the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will receive more than $3.2 million in research grants from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
September 14th, 2020
The Blackwell School was the only educational institution in Marfa, Texas serving the Latino community for more than fifty years, and is a reminder of de facto segregation throughout the mid-twentieth century. We have a...
September 1st, 2020
A third of high school kids feared being deported themselves, which includes some students who are U.S. citizens and cannot be deported. Another third of students also said immigration fears caused them to change their...
August 19th, 2020
As the school year begins, I recently sent a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue of the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging him to continue utilizing existing flexibilities in the school nutrition and lunch programs in this...
August 11th, 2020
It’s college football players, and the #WeWantToPlay movement.
August 5th, 2020
Gov. Greg Abbott stressed Tuesday that only local school boards, not local governments, have the power to decide how to open schools this fall during the coronavirus pandemic.
July 16th, 2020
School districts won't lose state funding if they stick with virtual classes this fall because a local health authority has mandated that classrooms remain closed.
July 2nd, 2020
Leslie Neal-Boylan, the dean of the nursing school at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, was allegedly fired after she received backlash from a student about an email to the campus community saying "EVERYONE'S LIFE...
June 23rd, 2020
The innovation and research park could help the next great American innovation come to life, or it could provide an entrepreneur with their first big break. The potential for this park is endless, and I am proud to see our...
May 20th, 2020
I sent a letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza urging her to make 501(c)3 nonprofit educational institutions eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act.
September 16th, 2020
As a school year unlike any other begins, I authored the following op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman about my bill to increase access to broadband so all Texas students have access to a safe and quality...
September 8th, 2020
More than 200,000 HISD students were supposed to log on to their laptops and digital devices Tuesday morning for virtual back-to-school. But a few hours into the first day of online classes, the website for the state’s...
September 1st, 2020
I announced yesterday at Lubbock ISD that public schools in the region so far have been allocated $10.3 million in federal coronavirus relief resources from Congress. While there, I visited with Lubbock students, teachers,...
August 12th, 2020
To fully understand American history, we have to understand all our history, which must include the contribution of the American Latino.
August 10th, 2020
This bill will provide families with the resources needed to support their children's education - including tuition, instructional materials, tutoring, and education therapies for students with disabilities.
July 22nd, 2020
Each year, I look forward to reviewing the Congressional Art Competition submissions from students across the 17th Congressional District of Texas. This competition provides a great opportunity for talented and aspiring high...
July 15th, 2020
In a swift reversal, the Trump administration has agreed to rescind a directive that would have barred international college students from the U.S. if their colleges offered classes entirely online in the fall semester.
June 24th, 2020
Lani Popp is the educator who will bring stability to the State Board of Education in District 5. She is the only choice of the two Run Off candidates who can make a positive difference in Texas’s student’s education. She is...
May 21st, 2020
Yesterday I praised the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) announcement that the University of Texas-San Antonio will lead a public-private consortium to bolster U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, energy efficiency and...