“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.
January 20th, 2020
Dr. Martin Luther King’s admonition that “a man should be judged by his character not the color of his skin” came with the requirement, of accepting personal responsibility:
December 19th, 2019
Handing a win to Texas education officials, an Austin-based federal judge Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Houston Independent School District in an effort to stop the state from seizing control of its troubled...
November 25th, 2019
Cyber threats are evolving at an alarming rate, and we need to be sure our infrastructure to combat them is ready for the challenge. Universities like UTSA and Texas A&M are a boon to our state as Texas works to ensure...
November 19th, 2019
No region in Texas has enough licensed specialists who can perform special ed evaluations, according to national guidelines for staffing. That’s why the Fort Bend Independent School District is trying to grow its own.
November 6th, 2019
Today's hearing is about building the kind of workforce that ensures NASA and the diverse group of partners we return to space exploration has the skilled base of people it needs to be successful now and in the future. That...
October 24th, 2019
...to pass legislation granting 700,000 DACA recipients and 1.6 million Dreamers permission to remain in this country. Most DACA recipients are contributing to our economy. They have passed background checks...
October 3rd, 2019
Our country’s military readiness depends on innovation, and the Army Futures Command is on the front line of that fight. This partnership with the Texas A&M University System will ensure we have the best and the...
September 23rd, 2019
Parents wading through waist-deep water to retrieve their kids from school. Children stepping into water and climbing into firetrucks to go home. Teachers scrambling to find a place to stay with roadways flooded. Students...
September 18th, 2019
Yesterday, I continued my efforts to make sure Texans of all backgrounds have access to educational opportunities by supporting the bipartisan Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE)...
August 27th, 2019
The bill mandates required reporting from colleges and universities about courses that don't transfer, and aims to help students save time and money.
January 20th, 2020
By protecting the right to express one's faith at school or through a religious organization, the Trump administration is taking a stand for one of our most fundamental freedoms.
December 3rd, 2019
Questions about the reading and writing tests arose after some education advocates pointed to studies showing passages were written above elementary and middle schoolers' grade levels.
November 20th, 2019
I woke up to my phone ringing early in the morning on Nov. 18, 1999. I was 22 years old and student body president of Texas A&M. It was one of my best friends on the other end of the line who told me the news. I...
November 12th, 2019
The state’s education commissioner has notified the Houston Independent School District he’s moving to strip the nine-member board of its elected powers, a move that was widely expected but still marks an unprecedented...
November 4th, 2019
As our world becomes more interconnected it is important to take a step back and recognize good cyber practices and come together to make sure we are prepared for future challenges.
October 9th, 2019
UT Austin Professor John Goodenough was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his part in the creation of the lithium-ion battery.
October 1st, 2019
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year from September 15th to October 15th to honor the many Latino Americans who have shaped our nation’s history and culture and continue to do so each day.
September 19th, 2019
At the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, I introduced a Senate resolution recognizing the work, goals, and achievements of 523 non-profit Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) throughout the nation by designating the week of...
September 4th, 2019
The New York Times used to be a newspaper that reported the news from a liberal slant. However, they were journalists at heart, no more.