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.
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Washington, DC – US Congressman José E. Serrano, longtime member and former Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee today blasted reports that the Trump Administration will undermine longtime rules regarding the Community Reinvestment Act, which helps prevent financial institutions from discriminating against residents in minority, poor communities through ‘redlining’, and old practice through which banks and other institutions would refuse to lend money in specific neighborhoods, regardless of an individual’s financial status and credit score.
Washington, DC – Bronx Representatives Serrano, Espaillat, Crowley and Engel today sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio urging him to prioritize LGBTQ community needs as he plans for his second term as Mayor. Among the recommendations, the members emphasized the need to open an LGBT community center in the Bronx – the only borough that doesn’t currently have one.
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Congressman Serrano Introduces Stop HATE Act to Prevent the Rise in Hate Crimes Through Social Media
Last week Congressmen Serrano introduced legislation to address how social media and other forms of electronic communication have helped fuel the rise in hate crimes against certain minority groups around the country.
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Congressman Serrano Meets with Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Roselló
Last week, Congressman Serrano welcomed Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Roselló to his D.C. office this week to discuss disaster relief funding for Puerto Rico as well as the ongoing relief efforts in the island.
Washington, DC – Congressman Serrano today released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status program that temporarily gives asylum to and protect immigrants from Nicaragua, and to leave TPS holders from Honduras in limbo. Both countries that have been affected by natural disasters in recent years and economic difficulties.
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Congressman Serrano Continues Efforts to Provide Puerto Rico Adequate Relief Support
Congressman Serrano continues advocating for the island of Puerto Rico on Capitol Hill as it faces a humanitarian crisis post Hurricane Maria. Congressman Serrano released the following statement on the disaster relief efforts aid packet approved in Congress last week and vowed to fight for more funding to help Puerto Rico:
The Bronx – This week, Congressman José E. Serrano hosted NASA Astronaut and Navy Captain Lee Morin for “Ask An Astronaut” at Bronx Community College and the Bronx Compass High School. The event exposed students to NASA’s mission and work and gave them the opportunity to learn about the many educational and learning opportunities it offers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students. Captain Morin has flown on STS-110 in 2002 and has logged more than 259 hours in space, including over 14 spacewalk hours.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman José E. Serrano (D-The Bronx) sent a letter along with Congresswomen Nydia M. Velázquez (NY), Stacey E. Plaskett (VI), Jenniffer González-Colón (PR), and 52 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to do more to help federal student loan borrowers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that have been affected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
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Congressman Serrano Leads Letter on Need for Comprehensive Emergency Supplemental for Puerto Rico
This week, Congressman José E. Serrano led a letter with 7 of his colleagues in support of a comprehensive relief and recovery effort by the federal government to help Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas, and Florida. The letter includes a number of important programs that must be funded in both the near and long term:
The Bronx – Congressman José E. Serrano, Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, and Commerce Subcommittee, today announced that the Treasury Department Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) has awarded Spring Community Organization, a Bronx community development institution, a total of $930,405 in federal funds as part of its fiscal year (FY) 2017 round of grants.