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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (TX-29)

June 1, 2020

Press Release

Media Contact: Robert Julien (DC): Email: Robert.julien@mail.house.gov; Cell: 202-227-0330

HOUSTON, TXCongresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29) released a statement expressing her opposition to the Texas Education Agency (TEA)’s intention to follow Secretary DeVos’ recent guidance about the CARES Act funding for private schools.

Statement from Congresswoman Garcia:

“While I understand that Commissioner Morath seeks to comply with federal guidance issued by the Department of Education, I respectfully disagree with his decision,” said Congresswoman Garcia.

“Congress made it very clear when we passed the CARES Act that federal relief dollars should benefit the overwhelming majority of students and staff who attend and work at our nation’s public schools. We anticipated that federal money would be dispersed following the standard formulas for Title I funding,” added Congresswoman Garcia.

“I hoped Commissioner Morath would follow in the footsteps of other state leaders, who refuted Secretary Devos’ ill-advised guidelines, which will allow for public dollars to be funneled into private schools.”

Congresswoman Garcia concluded that, “I am extremely disappointed with the TEA’s decision. Nonetheless, I will continue fighting for the children and staff in public schools in Texas and across America. I will do my part in Congress to ensure that these federal COVID-19 relief funds, which I proudly voted for, will actually benefit the intended schools and students.”

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Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018, becoming the first Latina ever to represent the Texas 29th Congressional District. She serves on the House Judiciary and Financial Services Committees.

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