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February 20, 2017

Priorities for the 85th Legislative Session:

Development of a truly equitable and fully funded system for our pubic schools which will function without constant tinkering and overly complicated formulas. Further reduction, if not elimination, of the current set of state mandated standardized tests.  Accountability and success is best managed by teachers in the classroom and principals and administrators in the local school districts, subject to the control …

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February 20, 2017

Education

The future of Texas will be determined by how successful we are today in providing the next generation of Texans with the opportunity to receive a quality education. In a rapidly changing world and truly global economy, access to fair and forward thinking public schools is essential. But we cannot stop there. It is our responsibility to foster the finest …

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February 20, 2017

State Employees

In a fervor to cut government budgets and services, some forget that the reductions are shouldered by loyal and hard-working state employees who are our family, friends, and neighbors. During my tenure in the Texas Legislature, even as the state faced serious budget restraints, my colleagues and I worked to support our state employees while maintaining a balanced budget. Here are a few examples:   2013 — strengthened the Teacher Retirement System with a $530 million increase in state …

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