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.
An increasing share of English-learning students in Texas are not becoming language proficient within five years, according to new analysis of state data by Rice University’s Kinder Institute.
Texas education officials advised districts to suspend the first day of STAAR testing after thousands of students showed up in person and were prevented from taking the standardized test online because of widespread...
Jenna’s Law significantly increased the reporting of child sexual abuse in Texas, and I am proud to join with advocates like Jenna Quinn to enact these reforms nationally.
Parents should be in control of their child’s education, period, not politicians or union bosses. I’m proud to reintroduce The SCHOOL Act with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) which allows federal funds for K-12 education to follow...
Remote learning is increasing student education gaps and creating a chasm of learning loss particularly among vulnerable, lower income populations. It is time to stop the suffering of these working families and an entire...
We want to make sure that our kids can safely return to the classroom, but according to the Center for Disease Control, and Dr. Fauci, and all the experts, they can. 
A new vessel for maritime students in Galveston will improve training and fortify our status as a seafaring nation.
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).
Three federal stimulus packages passed during the pandemic included more than $19 billion for Texas public schools, but state leaders have yet to distribute most of the money. Local districts say they need it to cover...
The City of Houston just got billed for its street lights during the freeze under its variable rate plan. Over $2 million when it normally runs $100,000 a week or so.
The pandemic has infiltrated so many aspects of our lives, including Texans’ basic needs like the ability to put food on the table.  I’m grateful to the Biden Administration for extending this waiver so Texas children won’t...
Students and teachers should feel safe when stepping foot into the classroom and by ensuring that those who want the vaccine can readily receive it, we can make them feel confident about expanding in-person learning.
The Texas legislature began its 87th session on January 12th. In the Texas Senate where 18 votes are required to bring legislation to the floor, Republicans hold an 18-13 majority.
It's important that all of us listen to the science when we make our decisions and they not be made based on a political agenda or who is for or against the proposition. Our focus ought to be clearly on the students and the...
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...

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