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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February 10, 2016

Economic Development

A strong economy means a healthy future for East Texas. We have abundant natural resources, a trained workforce, and developed transportation routes. I look forward to making sure our region remains competitive in economic development and job creation by continuing to advocate for construction of Lake Columbia and fiscally responsible investments in transportation infrastructure.

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February 10, 2016

Mental Health

It is time to rethink how our public safety, social services, and health care communities respond to individuals with mental illness. With demand for public mental health care services on the rise, we need to identify creative ways to more efficiently and effectively apportion resources. For too long, the state has applied a piecemeal approach to mental health matters, and …

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February 10, 2016

Higher Education

Making sure our education system is preparing students to meet 21st Century workforce demands is a priority. No one path is right for every student. Promoting career and technology, facilitating collaboration among high schools and colleges, and adding new degree plans at our universities, empowers Texas students to learn the skills needed to find jobs, attain professional goals, and build …

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