“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.
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.
August 27th, 2019
To highlight my work on education issues, I released the following video detailing my legislative efforts for students across Texas in addition to my joint op-ed with Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes,...
July 29th, 2019
North America's first books can't be found in a library. It requires a road trip to Del Rio, Texas. With more than 300 sites revealing mysteries more than 4,000 years old, the rock art in TX-23 is a must-see.
July 26th, 2019
I released the following statement after my Veteran STEM Scholarship Improvement Act, a bill to help veterans take full advantage of the scholarship provided to veterans studying science, technology, engineering,...
July 18th, 2019
Apparently someone had been using a spool of rope normally used for medical procedures to practice tying a “Uni Knot,” which is used in fishing. He left the knot in place when he returned the spool to the storage area. Well...
July 10th, 2019
Seeking to make college more affordable, the University of Texas will use some of its oil money to dramatically expand the financial aid it offers to low- and middle-income undergraduates on its flagship Austin campus.
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.
August 19th, 2019
While some policymakers are proposing ideas such as “free college for all,” we know it is impossible to implement at a national level. However, all states can make college more affordable by supporting cost-effective,...
July 29th, 2019
We have the second highest veteran population of all states, with an estimated 1.6 million veterans living in the Lone Star State. I’ve heard from these men and women about the daily challenges they face – both big and small...
July 25th, 2019
Under SB 18, Texas universities can’t decide whether or not to schedule a speaker based on “any anticipated controversy related to the event” — though they can consider security needs. Also, free speech won’t be limited to...
July 17th, 2019
U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and I today introduced the Secure American Research Act, which would establish an interagency working group to protect federally-funded research and development activities from...
July 8th, 2019
I have introduced the Veteran STEM Scholarship Improvement Act, a bill to help veterans take full advantage of the scholarship provided to veterans studying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM fields).
June 11th, 2019
A massive overhaul of how Texas funds public education was signed into law Tuesday as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott trumpeted the $11 billion program that will mean an increase pay for teachers and lower property taxes.