Education is the vehicle by which struggling families can move into the Middle Class and achieve the American Dream. It is imperative that we start providing our children the tools they need to succeed at an early age. That is why I support programs like Head Start and President Barack Obama’s initiative to bring universal pre-school to every state in our country.
As a Member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, I understand the need to focus on STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Doing so will guarantee that our children can thrive in today’s global job market. That is why I am an original co-sponsor of the “Stepping up to STEM Education Act,” which would allow more federal resources to go into local school districts to promote STEM education.
Our country must also invest in higher education. A person with an Associates, Bachelors, or advanced degree can make over $1 million more during their lifetime than someone with a high school diploma. As a member of the bipartisan Congressional TRIO Caucus, I firmly believe in providing educational opportunities for all Americans. Federal TRIO Programs like Upward Bound provide low-income middle school and high school students with the guidance and academic support to apply, enroll, and graduate from college.
I am also a co-sponsor of the H.R. 551, the “Fast Track to College Act,” which allocates federal grants to local school districts so they can offer dual enrollment and early college programs in high schools. This bill would allow school districts to compete for grant money that would allow students to receive both a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree.
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Washington, D.C. - Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, released the following statement in response to the Department of Education’s recent selection of Mountain View College as one of the sixty-seven test sites for the Second Chance Pell Pilot program, a nationwide trial to make Pell Grants available for inmates pursuing higher education:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, released the following statement after the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of affirmative action in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin:
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at expanding college access for undocumented and first-generation American students.
Arlington, TX – On Friday, April 1, 2016, Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, hosted DFW Metroplex students at the Bob Duncan Center in Arlington for a day-long program aimed at preparing participants to attend college, enlist in the military, or join the workforce after graduating high school.
Black history awareness and the importance of education were among the topics discussed on South Campus by U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth during early voting Feb. 21.
The event was sponsored by student activities to prepare TCC students for involvement in a four-year college.