The preservation of our education system is in jeopardy, and reckless cutting to education doesn't solve problems -- it delays solutions.
* A quality education is critical for the success of both our children and our economy
* An educated workforce is critical to attracting businesses and superior employment opportunities to Texas.
* A quality public school system helps ensure a level playing field for all of our children.
* Education is the greatest hope that we have for reducing poverty and fostering individual freedom.
The 2011 Legislature slashed funding for education. My first priority will be closing unnecessary tax loopholes, eliminating wasteful spending like the $1 billion to be paid to private contractors to develop and implement the latest in high stakes testing, and restoring the funding that is vital to the future of our children and our state's economy.