Education

“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.
Arbitrary shutdowns of public and private K-12 schools have left a generation of students behind. I'm grateful the administration has taken this step to provide emergency learning scholarships for students, empowering...
The trials of this year have changed all of our lives, especially the lives of the students graduating today. Y'all have persevered and overcome these unique challenges, and for that, I congratulate you.
I look forward to advocating on behalf of the nearly 40% of Texans who identify as Hispanic for a national museum that highlights their American experience.
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...
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...
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,...
To fully understand American history, we have to understand all our history, which must include the contribution of the American Latino.
virtual learning
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.
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...
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.
Just when you thought the cancel crazies had gone into their holes, the San Francisco School District advisors are recommending dropping the name "Abraham Lincoln" from a high school there because some don't think he did...
Lockdown zealot Dr. Anthony Fauci was slammed this week for finally admitting that schools should have been open despite coronavirus restrictions, with critics charging that children have been subjected to eight months of...
UTSA
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).
Blackwell School
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...
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...
lunch
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...
It’s college football players, and the #WeWantToPlay movement. 
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.
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.
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...

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