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.
foreign affairs
This week, the Foreign Affairs Committee considered H.R. 2374, the Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act. The bill notes that school-aged children in the West Bank and Gaza are learning from American taxpayer-...
Let’s be clear - there is no way to ‘cancel’ student debt. This will cost every taxpayer an average of $2100. Someone will pay the price for this policy and the price is likely to be felt by every American in the form of...
His legacy lives on through the tens of thousands of players, coaches, and fans whose lives he changed for the better.
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I introduced legislation to enhance school safety and prevent school-based violence. My bill is the Senate companion to legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas). The Cruz-Weber legislation would allow...
classroom
A coalition of leading law enforcement, mental health, domestic violence, and education groups have endorsed my Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, and multiple Editorial Boards have voiced their support.
University of Texas at Austin finance professor Richard Lowery was emailing with a colleague in London last November when he was asked if it was true that the so-called “Liberty Institute failed to launch.”
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Monday on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas and the bipartisan negotiations on potential mental health and school safety legislation. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks...
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Thursday I sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona urging expedited approval for Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) grant requests
No parent should be forced to send their children to failing schools, which is why I’m glad my friend Governor Abbott is so fervently supporting school choice. 
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) joined Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) and 93 of his Republican colleagues in sending a letter to Speaker Pelosi calling on her to hold President Joe Biden...
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As inflation continues to drain the pockets of Americans, this disastrous policy would incentivize universities to raise tuition and unfairly punish those who sacrificed to pay off their own student loans.
missing child
I issued the following statement after the Senate passed his Jenna Quinn Law, which would allow grant funds to be used to train and educate students, teachers, caregivers, and other adults who work with children in...
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Sometimes people joke about how little of their own history Americans know, but it’s really bad, folks. It’s worse than you think.Just the other day, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said it was the job of the president and Congress...
mental health
This week on the floor, I discussed my mental health and school safety legislation and the due process protections it provides. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and video can be found here. 
red flag
This week on the floor, I discussed the recently announced agreement guiding potential school safety and mental health legislation, which would not include a national ‘red flag’ law. Excerpts of Sen.
The rights of parents are being circumvented by some school districts who are experimenting on Texas students.  How many parents know this?  How many parents are fearful of retribution?  How many parents look the other way...
On Friday, I sent a letter to United States Attorney General Merrick Garland
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Last week, I held a press conference with Texas law enforcement officials where I called on Congress and the White House to support my bill, H.R.
classroom
At a time when more Texas teachers are leaving the classroom, the state’s licensing board is considering a new certification exam that could help better prepare new teachers — and perhaps help keep them longer in the job....

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