Austin – Six days after being appointed to the powerful House Appropriations Committee, State Representative Mary E. Gonzalez has now been appointed to the critical Education subcommittee.
The subcommittee, known as the Article III subcommittee due to its location in the budget bill, is responsible for appropriating public and higher education dollars.
“It is an honor to be placed on the subcommittee that shapes how our neighborhood schools and colleges and universities are funded,” said Gonzalez. “We have a lot of hard work ahead of us but I look forward to working for El Paso area public schools and our colleges and universities.”
In 2015, Gonzalez was noted for her expertise in the school finance debate. This subcommittee placement allows for Gonzalez to continue utilizing her knowledge in the ongoing conversation on how to properly fund Texas neighborhood public schools.
The Education subcommittee is also responsible for funding Texas public colleges and universities, including the University of Texas- El Paso and El Paso Community Colleges.
“As a former educator, this is an incredible opportunity to help influence the lives of millions of students from Pre-K to post-grad,” added Gonzalez. “El Paso youth deserve a fair shot at a quality education. I intend to do all I can to give it to them.”