May 25, 2018

Texas Education Agency Awards Technology Grants To Area Schools


AUSTIN - Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) is excited to announce that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has awarded 2018–2019 Technology Lending grants, aimed at ensuring equitable access to quality digital resources and courses for all students, to six school districts within House District 31.


"I'm very happy that our great school districts will receive the additional resources they need to provide a quality education to our students and put them on the path to success," said Guillen.


Technology Lending grants provide school systems funds to purchase technology devices that are loaned to students for access to digital instruction materials off campus. The grant also provides personal student learning devices, like laptops and tablets, and internet access for students who would not otherwise have access to digital instructional materials off campus. For schools that do not already have Wi-Fi, the grants allow for new installation and connectivity on campus. Representative Guillen is excited that a portion of the grant money is going towards schools in the District. Funding recipients include: Brooks County ISD, Jim Hogg County ISD, Lytle ISD, Raymondville ISD, San Diego ISD, and San Isidro ISD.


Representative Guillen has been a longtime proponent of public education funding. Among other bills he had a hand in passing last session, Guillen authored a bill that improved dual credit high school/college programs. He also was an author of bills that provided free pre-kindergarten classes to children of certain first responders and allowed schools to provide more services to students with dyslexia. He also helped eliminate a provision of the school funding system that penalized small rural school districts.


"Accessing the internet is necessary for our students to succeed in the 21st century," Guillen remarked. "In today's world, much of the teaching that is done in classroom is channeled through the internet."


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and