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

Oct 18, 2017 Press Release

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.

Oct 10, 2017 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

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:

Oct 6, 2017 Press Release

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.

Oct 3, 2017 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano Fight for Puerto Rico In the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Sep 19, 2017 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano Commemorates 16th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

On the 16th Anniversary of September 11, Congressman Serrano released the following statement:

“16 years after the tragic events of September 11, we still remember the sadness and fear that befell our city and country on that heinous day.

Sep 11, 2017 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano Reaffirms His Commitment to Protecting DREAMers 

Aug 21, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressmen José E. Serrano and Joseph Crowley sent a letter to National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France Córdova asking for an update on the agency’s implementation of the new Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) grant program. The program is key for educating and giving Hispanic students greater access to opportunities in the STEM fields:

Apr 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressmen José E. Serrano (NY-15) and Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and issued the following statement in response to the Department of Education’s recent decision to deny funding for Upward Bound TRIO grant proposals submitted by Fordham University and Columbia University in New York City. Upward Bound is a program that helps low-income high school students prepare to enter and successfully complete college.

Feb 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Serrano today announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded Hostos Community College and Lehman College in the Bronx $103,020 in funding for research how to apply quantitative reasoning (QR) – the use of numbers and data using critical thinking skills – into different college courses and help underrepresented minorities learn these skills to help them attain professional and personal success.

Dec 22, 2016 Press Release

The Bronx, NY – U.S. Congressmen José Serrano and Joe Crowley today announced that language which would require the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a grant program to support undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) was approved in Congress last week as part of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, also known as America COMPETES Act. In 2015, Serrano and Crowley offered an amendment to the House version of the bill to ensure that NSF establish a program focused on HSIs.