“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.
December 28th, 2017
Texas can't sustain its current economic growth without better educating its workforce. Every year there are fewer jobs for people without some kind of degree, and the most innovative companies will not come to Texas if they...
December 19th, 2017
Congressmen Rodney Davis (IL-13) and I recently won our fight to preserve education tax benefits in the final tax reform bill. Both the graduate tuition waiver (Section 117(d)) and employer tuition assistance benefits (...
December 11th, 2017
I am pleased to announce that the winners of the 3rd Annual Congressional App Challenge are Rithwik Pattikonda and David Brooks for their app, “Juke – The SMS Powered Jukebox.”
December 6th, 2017
Recently, Representatives Bill Keating (D-MA) and I introduced H.R. 4549, the bipartisan “Saudi Educational Transparency and Reform Act,” requiring the State Department to provide a report to Congress reviewing educational...
November 6th, 2017
I was given an opportunity to review the Mexican American Studies Toolkit by Tony Diaz. A ‘textbook’ Diaz would like to have implemented into our Texas school system.
October 26th, 2017
I released the following statement after testifying before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies during their hearing on the importance of Down syndrome...
October 9th, 2017
I have made this point before: no one denies the climate is changing and the real question is why does our climate change?
September 28th, 2017
Senators Tillis (R-NC), Lankford (R-OK), and Hatch (R-UT) this week introduced the Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers, Employment, Education, and Defending our Nation (SUCCEED) Act to legalize some DREAMers...
September 25th, 2017
You might wonder how the Progressives came to power in San Antonio. How can a conservative city like San Antonio allow this to happen? A city where the Catholic cathedral sits across the street from City Hall and...
September 18th, 2017
As our nation begins to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I introduced a Senate resolution recognizing the work, goals, and achievements of more than 470 non-profit Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) throughout our nation...
December 21st, 2017
I issued the following statement after voting in favor of Congress’ final conference-reported tax reform bill.
December 12th, 2017
I appeared on Fox News’ ‘The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino,’ The Sean Hannity Radio Show, and KTRH’s Michael Berry show on Thursday and Friday.
December 11th, 2017
I released the following statement after sending a letter to Members of Leadership urging them to keep the income exclusion for graduate tuition waivers in the tax reform package:
November 29th, 2017
Texans are falling behind the rest of the country in getting vaccinated against the most common sexually transmitted infection — making them more vulnerable to several types of cancer, a new study says.
November 2nd, 2017
A new story struck my fancy, polar bears hold Russian town hostage. It appears that 20 polar bears are staying put around a coastal Russian town, looking for Walrus meat after a major Walrus migration.
October 16th, 2017
As a kid, I found a common game to play (especially for boys) was ‘King of the mountain’. The idea was that everyone would gather around a mound of dirt and one or two kids would get on top. The objective of the game was...
October 6th, 2017
Yesterday, I, along with Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Kevin Brady (R-TX), Al Green (D-TX), filed H.R.
September 26th, 2017
Now that Houston’s schools are back in session, technology administrators are sharing what they learned from the storm.
September 25th, 2017
I am excited to announce that Texas’ 21st Congressional District is participating in the Congressional App Challenge, an app competition for K-12 students.
September 15th, 2017
Thirty-four years ago, the Texas Legislature enacted a novel law requiring high school principals to register eligible students to vote. But many aren’t complying, and voter participation remains chronically low.