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.
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).
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...
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...
The innovation and research park could help the next great American innovation come to life, or it could provide an entrepreneur with their first big break. The potential for this park is endless, and I am proud to see our...
I sent a letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza urging her to make 501(c)3 nonprofit educational institutions eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act. 
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.
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.
Lani Popp is the educator who will bring stability to the State Board of Education in District 5. She is the only choice of the two Run Off candidates who can make a positive difference in Texas’s student’s education. She is...
Yesterday I praised the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) announcement that the University of Texas-San Antonio will lead a public-private consortium to bolster U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, energy efficiency and...
I know many of you feel robbed because of how this year is ending, but I want you to know that even though you didn’t get to walk across that stage, we are all still here celebrating your accomplishments.

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