U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, visited KIPP San Antonio's University Prep High School to get a closer look at the impact charter schools can have on educationally underserved students.
"You can't help but be impressed by these young people who have risen to the challenge and the opportunity provided to them by KIPP San Antonio and, obviously, with a goal of not just getting into college but completing college, and recognizing this is going to be key to achieving whatever dreams they want to accomplish in their own lives," said Cornyn after his visit.
Cornyn also addressed the campus, speaking on the importance of education after high school graduation.
The visit ended with each of the 46 graduating seniors shaking the senator's hand as administrators read out a list of colleges and universities the class of 2014 has been accepted to.
Last year, the state passed Senate Bill 2 which allows for greater expansion in the charter school system in the state along with more oversight for underperforming charter schools.
"I believe it will allow the best programs to rise to the top and give parents and students the opportunity to choose the schools they want to go in not just what neighborhood they live in as many of those schools are underperforming," he said. "The exciting thing about charter schools like KIPP is they are the gold standard in terms of charter schools and all you have to do is look at the faces of these young people and see what they've accomplished with the opportunities they've been given here to become very excited about this."