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January 23, 2017

Faircloth: Education will be at forefront of next session

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Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:00 am

As State Representative for House District 23, and as a former classroom teacher, I am committed to focusing our attention on the current state of education. Most of us, myself included, have opinions which are based upon our experiences of being educated in the Texas public school system.

At the core of the issue is the ability of our students to transfer their success in the classroom to fulfilling a job in the workforce marketplace. Being able to work in a field that is challenging and yet provides adequately for our families, is critical and I believe imperative for our future generations to come.

For this reason, I’ve put the funding of our schools, colleges and universities at the forefront of my legislatives priorities. It is our mandate in the Legislature to establish and make suitable provisions in our public education system for the support and maintenance of an efficient system. Accountability is important, but it must be rational and driven by long-term goals. Classroom teachers have expressed their frustrations repeatedly about the administrative documentation and paperwork which interfere with their ability to focus on the students. This is not acceptable. My own grandchildren struggle with the anxiety and tension associated with the rigors of testing. We can, and must, do better. Education is not a partisan issue and I am committed to taking the steps necessary to advocate for our students and teachers.

I have worked tirelessly and eagerly to represent the people of House District 23. Recently, my efforts included hours of meetings and negotiations on behalf of the La Marque Independent School District regarding the challenges they faced. I did not let them walk alone in their struggles.

“You can pretend to care, but you can’t pretend to be there.”

I am there and will continue to work for the best possible outcomes for our schools.

I also recently met with the Texas Education Agency about the funding necessary for Texas City Independent School District given merger with La Marque ISD. I am proud to report that those meetings and discussions have helped provide funding for the needs of the combined districts. I know that you are counting on our public schools to give students the opportunity they deserve and no one works harder than I do at advocating for our schools and our legislative district. I am not perfect. But I am committed to working with a passion for making a difference and my actions, not just my words, validate my high expectations.

Cheryl and I are proud to represent the honest, hardworking people of HD 23 and we will continue to serve as long as we are asked to do so. Yes, your vote matters.