Caucus names legislative priorities for public education Posted in: Opinions AUSTIN — The Texas House Democratic Caucus on Feb. 21 announced its “Texas Kids First” education- funding package that would include all-day pre-kindergarten, teacher raises and retirement and property tax reform. “We hope to work with our colleagues to incorporate some of these ideas into their bills,” said Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, caucus chair. Caucus member Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, a former Austin Independent School District board president, said Texas rates 42nd in the nation in per-student funding. She said Texas public school students are funded $2,300 per year below the national average. To read more please log in or subscribe to ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!