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Dear Friends, When the Texas Legislature first met at the beginning of January, there was much talk about how public school funding would be the order of the day and the priority for the legislative session. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, eager to fulfill his campaign promise to give teachers a $10,000 pay raise (remember the pickup truck?) announced a bill to give teachers a $5,000 pay raise. Not to be outdone, newly-elected Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen announced a preliminary House budget that would increase public education spending by over $7 billion and handed out styrofoam cups to members of the House that read: “School Finance Reform, The Time Is Now.” The results of last year’s elections had apparently moved the legislative agenda...Read More