June 14, 2017      8:03 PM
Ahead of red meat special session, Straus says Texas House remains laser-focused on public education
Speaking to the TASB conference, Straus dismisses talk of school vouchers and bathroom bills; “The Texas House still believes in public education and we’re not giving up on our kids.”
ANTONIO – To thunderous applause by school board members from around the state gathered
in the Alamo City, the presiding officer of the Texas House of Representatives
on Wednesday said that despite a laundry list of red meat special session topics
offered by Gov. Greg Abbott, the lower
chamber remains laser-focused on improving classrooms from El Paso to Beaumont
and everywhere in between.
Texas House still believes in public education and we’re not giving up on our kids,”
House Speaker Joe Straus told the Texas
Association of School Boards conference at the Marriott Rivercenter
began by joking that it was nice to be surrounded by a group of people who
support public education, which is “quite a change for me,” apparently taking a
jab at the Texas Senate. Speaker Straus said that during the regular
session, the upper chamber was wrongly focused on school vouchers. In broad bipartisan
fashion, the House has repeatedly rejected school vouchers in any form.
what was perhaps his most defiant tone yet, Straus took multiple swipes at Lt.
Gov. Dan Patrick, who suggested
earlier this year that school finance – the centerpiece of Straus’ speech in
San Antonio – could only be addressed in a special session. Patrick had said
there would not be sufficient time in a regular session to tackle school
finance, which of course has historically been among the heaviest of
legislative lifts at the Texas Capitol.
we get it right, the House will always have time to work on school finance,”
By Scott Braddock