Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York


Having worked in education before entering politics, Congressman Serrano is deeply interested in education issues.

Having worked in education before entering politics, Congressman Serrano is deeply interested in education issues. He believes that promoting quality education across the country is critical for helping people get high quality jobs. Therefore, children from all kinds of backgrounds should receive the support they need to succeed at school.

To achieve such broad based success requires that the appropriate resources are provided at every level. School districts need to have the funding to hire good teachers and good support staff. Teachers need to have the resources to provide students with an engaging, high quality education, and a positive learning environment. Funding also needs to be provided for maintaining school infrastructure so that the teachers, the students and the other people in the building have a safe and well-maintained environment in which to do their work.

Congressman Serrano believes that this commitment to education should not be limited to providing a minimal level of competency, but that the government has a responsibility to encourage students to pursue higher education and to provide them with the funding they need to achieve their potential. In the modern world, higher education is ever more important for getting a quality job and every child should have the opportunity to pursue it.

Because of his work in the field, Congressman Serrano has a particular interest in improving education by providing teachers with the support staff they need. He has introduced a bill to increase the number of paraprofessionals in schools. This would help provide teaching assistants, language assistants, librarians and other vital educational staff to schools to help ensure that students have the guidance they need.

More on Education

Aug 8, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DCCongressman José E. Serrano (D-NY) today announced the first round of National Science Foundation (NSF) funding under the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program.

Aug 2, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC Congressman José E. Serrano, Ranking Member of the Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that Bronx Community College in the Bronx will receive $317,098 in funding to develop and offer new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses through the NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP).

Jun 12, 2018 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano Expresses Concern Over Commerce Agreement with Chinese Company ZTE

May 23, 2018 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano, Rep. Meng Introduce Amendment to Restrict Funding for Inclusion of Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

May 15, 2018 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Serrano Questions Attorney General Sessions on Troubling DOJ Policies 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared before the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommitee to discuss the DOJ budget request for fiscal year 2019. During the hearing, Ranking Member Serrano questioned AG Sessions on troubling DOJ judicial performance evaluation policies that seem to seek to speed up the processing of immigrant cases.

Apr 20, 2018 Press Release

The Bronx – This week, Congressmen José E. Serrano, Jerrold Nadler, and Robert C. “Bobby” Scott sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office requesting the agency to evaluate and issue a report on public schools’ compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The three Members are the Ranking Member of the House Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, and Ranking Member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, respectively.

Apr 18, 2018 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano Continues to Actively Denounce Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

Apr 12, 2018 Press Release

Thank you, Chairman Culberson, and I would like to join you in welcoming the NASA Acting Administrator, Mr. Robert Lightfoot, to the subcommittee. I was saddened to learn of your impending departure from the agency, and I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your dedication and service to our nation.

Apr 11, 2018 Press Release

Good morning, and thank you, Chairman Culberson.

I would also like to join you in welcoming our guest this morning, Admiral Tim Gallaudet, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and current Acting Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. I look forward to your testimony before our subcommittee as we discuss NOAA’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal and learn more about the vital work our friends are doing as we speak.

Apr 6, 2018 Press Release

New York City – Today, Congressman José E. Serrano, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez led a bi-partisan, bi-cameral letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging critical revisions to the proposed process for institutions of higher education (IHE’s) in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma to access disaster relief funding appropriated to the Department. Last week, the U.S.