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FEDERAL AGENDA

EDUCATION &

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

​​Public Education

  • Supports comprehensive infrastructure funding that includes public schools and high-speed broadband access expansion.
     

  • Supports quality universal full day Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) Education for all students (three and four years old) to include needed infrastructure to support these students.
     

  • Supports improving flexibility in Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by allowing additional exceptions for efficiency, reduction of funds, and extraordinary circumstances. 
     

  • Supports adequate funding for implementation of the recommendations made in the Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety.

  • Supports enhanced funding for:

    • 21st Century Community Learning Centers,

    • Corporation for National and Community Service, and

    • Youth Mentoring Grant

Higher Education

  • Supports Enhanced FY22 funding for our nation’s academic health centers through increased appropriations to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Health Research Services Administration (HRSA), the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), and other related federal agencies, an action which will benefit health education, research, and patient care in San Antonio, the South Texas Border Region, and beyond.

  • Supports preserving and enhancing the Federal Pell Grant program by:

    • Extending eligibility to short-term training programs;

    • Increasing the annual maximum amount;

    • Expanding eligibility to incarcerated students (“Second Chance Support”); and

    • Increasing lifetime eligibility to 14 semesters

  • Supports increased funding for vital institutional aid programs that include:

    • Strengthening Institutions (Title III-A of the HEA) program

    • Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions

    • Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    • TRIO; and

    • GEAR UP

  • Supports implementing policies, rules, and regulations that allow for the investment in successful workforce development programs such as:

    • Federal incentives to businesses that offer internships and apprenticeships;

    • Adult education and training programs;

    • Veteran training programs;

    • Expanded Opportunity Youth program funding; and

    • Educator development programs.

Workforce Development

  • Supports funding, technical assistance and other support services for new emerging workforce, education and training programs for youth, adults, and veterans such as the city of San Antonio’s Ready to Work program.
     

  • Supports legislation that establishes a permanent solution allowing DACA participants to receive lawful permanent status and continue their contributions to the United States.