AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 17, 2017)—The following statement should be attributed to Dr. Jamie Wilson, President of Fast Growth School Coalition regarding the public school education rally and the upcoming Special Session of the Texas Legislature:
“Now, more than ever is the time for our state leaders to thoughtfully and thoroughly address school finance in Texas. Teachers, administrators, parents and students across the state want a high-quality, well-funded public education system which includes real raises for teachers and local flexibility for school districts to make wise decisions on behalf of our students.
“The fact is that local taxpayers will only see real property tax relief when the state funds its public school system sufficiently. This funding should include not only money for teachers but relief for local taxpayers through an increase in the state’s school facilities funding programs.
“To keep the Texas economy strong, we need a strong foundation and that starts with strong Texas public schools.
“We’re grateful for Speaker Joe Straus’ leadership and the work of the Texas House to take on the tough policy issues and find real solutions, and we’re hopeful and ready to work with Gov. Abbott and the Texas Senate to ensure school finance reform is accomplished soon.”
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