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Letter to Shirley J. Neeley, Ed.D, Education Commissioner

Location: Autin, TX

Letter to Shirley J. Neeley, Ed.D, Education Commissioner

August 10, 2005

Shirley J. Neeley, Ed.D.
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1494

Dear Commissioner Neeley:

Getting new textbooks to classrooms as soon as possible is a very important priority of mine. I remain hopeful that the legislature will appropriate funding for Proclamation 2002 textbooks in the current special session. However, should textbook legislation not reach my desk, I am committed to seeking a budget execution order to fund textbooks at a total amount not to exceed $295 million. And, it is clear, based on the recent statements of the lieutenant governor and the speaker, that the leadership is in full support of funding Proclamation 2002 books.

I am therefore writing today to direct the Texas Education Agency to open the electronic materials ordering system (EMAT) and begin processing orders immediately so textbooks can be shipped from warehouses to classrooms as soon as possible.

With the new school year upon us, your attention to this matter is vital. Your quick action can ensure that the newest materials are in the hands of our schoolchildren as soon as possible.


Rick Perry


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