FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 2011
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(Austin, TX) - The University of Texas - Pan American spent a day at the state Capitol. Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa released the following statement.
"I am proud to be a University of Texas Pan Am graduate - it is thanks to the University that I am in the capitol today serving my constituents. The University expands the horizons of many South Texas students, it creates opportunity and fulfills dreams.
"Today, our education system is in crisis. It has never been as important as it is today to fuel our institutions of higher learning. The proposed budget threatens to undercut funding for our children's education.
"Around 70% of UTPA students receive some form of financial aid, but the proposed cuts would dig deep into financial aid programs - the Texas Grant program alone faces cuts of forty-one percent.
"We need to fund education adequately if Texas is to compete in a globalized economy. If not, it will dissolve the important progress that has taken place, not only in South Texas, but throughout the state. Education is the best equalizer in our society and it needs to be our priority."