AUSTIN – Today, Lt. Gov. Patrick made this statement following a press conference held by over a dozen Texas senators:
“Texas senators spoke out this morning on what has been one of my top priorities for over a decade since first serving on the Senate Education Committee and later as Education Chairman. Public education is also a top priority for the majority of Republican senators and they are absolutely right that simply adding more funding without a focus on teachers and educational outcomes, as is being proposed, accomplishes very little.
“I have worked very closely with Education Chairman Larry Taylor, R-Galveston, on Senate Bill 16, the School Finance Commission Bill as well as with Chairman Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and Chairman Joan Huffman, R-Houston, on Senate Bill 19 — which includes a career bonus for teachers and a boost for TRS-Care for retired teachers. I join these senators in urging that the Texas House move quickly on both bills.”