PHARR, Texas (ValleyCentral) – The U.S. Secretary of Education joined Congressman Vicente Gonzalez on Wednesday for a tour of PSJA Early College High School.
Secretary Cardona and Representative Gonzalez explained how the Build Back Better program provided US $ 130 billion from the US bailout to fund the reopening of schools across the country after the pandemic.
“It has brought in nearly a billion dollars to our congressional district. PSJA ISD has received over $ 130 million in resources so that we can better open up, ”said Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, 15th District of Texas.
US Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona spoke with students about their education plans.
“We have seen students who have internship experiences in the community, we have seen students learning geometry in two different languages,” Cardona said.
Funding to PSJA is intended for affordable higher education, including providing two years of free community college to all students.
“When it comes to the valley here for early childhood education, we know we can build skyscrapers with a solid foundation. It gives our youngest learners the opportunity to have quality programming, ”said Cardona.
Funding is not just for PSJA ISD. Texas received $ 12 billion from the Build Back Better program.
“I feel good that the US bailout is providing $ 130 billion. Texas got $ 12 billion to help reopen schools safely, making sure schools have what they need, ”Cardona said.
Superintendent Dr Jorge Arredondo said the funding had enabled the district to have a reliable plan.
“Right now, you see that we have been able to retain our teachers and give them retention bonuses. We were able to order additional resources and support capable of accelerating learning, ”said Arredondo.