BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, along with Congressman Filemon Vela and representatives from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo and Brownsville independent school districts, and the Early College Expansion Partnership will announce a major federal grant award for the early college high school model in the Rio Grande Valley. The announcement will take place at 10:15 a.m. at the Region One Education Service Center in Edinburg.
In addition to the two districts, the Early College Expansion Partnership includes Educate Texas, a public-private initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas, and national early college high school leader Jobs for the Future. The grant will fund the conversion of several high schools and their feeder middle schools to an early-college format to serve an estimated 20,000 students across the two districts within five years.
The Rio Grande Valley has become a hub of innovative educational practices and has already garnered national attention for closing the achievement gap. This latest endorsement reinforces the impact of the early college high school model for low-income, first generation college-going students and is set to shine the national spotlight on the Rio Grande Valley.
"This is exciting news for the Rio Grande Valley as this region was chosen as the recipient of a huge federal grant due to the successful early college high school programs we already have in place," said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa.