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. – Today, Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, introduced legislation to prevent students nationwide from missing crucial federal and state grant opportunities that support their higher education aspirations. H.R. 3516, the Reduce Barriers to College Act, will streamline the burdensome Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) verification process for students who must prove that their families did not file federal taxes.
Fort Worth, Texas – On Tuesday, April 24, 2017, Congressman Veasey awarded Heavenly Najar, a freshman at Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, with this year’s top prize in the 33rd Congressional District 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Heavenly’s piece, Bisabuela, was chosen as the overall winner for her use of rich color and mixed medium style that combined traditional painting techniques with a non-conventional wood canvas.
Washington, D.C. – On April 6, 2017, Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, reintroduced legislation to streamline the federal financial aid application process for citizen students with immigrant parents and to protect undocumented students from discrimination if they apply to a state college or university that receives financial support from the federal government. The Trump Administration’s immigration policies have evoked fear within our communities, but should not deter undocumented and first generation American students from pursuing higher education.
Washington, D.C. —In an effort to promote community engagement, develop student leadership and engage our youth in issues affecting the DFW Metroplex, Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, announced the names of the 34 students who would participate in his inaugural Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) for the 33rd Congressional District.
The inaugural council is made up of 34 exemplary students from 13 different schools. It brings together students with exceptional academic records and diverse extracurricular activities.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, introduced H.R. 6064, the Partnerships for the Future Act, to better train students in well-paying jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Congressman Veasey’s Partnerships for the Future Act would direct the Department of Labor to create a competitive grant pilot program to provide additional tools for educating and training our workforce to thrive in the 21st century workforce.