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Caucus names legislative priorities for public education

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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 ...

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