The best way to ensure a more prosperous future for our children is by investing in education. The opportunity to receive a quality education should begin in preschool and continue through college and beyond.
Preschool, elementary and secondary students need access to quality instruction from well-trained and resourced teachers that prepares them for higher education and the workforce. I support programs that help local schools and children like Head Start and Title One. In addition to backing these programs, I assist school districts in obtaining federal funding, including helping Brownsville Independent School District secure over $10 million for technology from the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund.
For college students, Federal Stafford Loans, Pell Grants, and other programs are critical lifelines providing the opportunity to pursue higher education. In addition to supporting resources for individual students, my work in Congress is also focused on helping local colleges and universities access federal funding for research and to support students including first-generation and migrant workers.
During the school year, I visit schools to talk with young people. From preschoolers to medical students, I enjoy hearing about the issues that matter to students. I am especially interested in hearing from students and teachers engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in the district. These programs are critical to ensuring that our country stays competitive in the 21st century.
In addition to visiting with students in their classrooms, I also have the pleasure of hosting students, teachers and parents visiting Washington D.C. When the House of Representatives is in session, I often meet with students to talk about my work in Congress and take photographs. Also, my staff may be able to coordinate tours of the Capitol building, the Library of Congress and other landmarks. I encourage educators or young people visiting Washington, D.C. to contact my office to let me know of your plans so I can assist you.