Providing the best quality education must remain a top priority in Texas. Our schoolchildren are our future and remain our most important resource. We must ensure that they receive an education that will allow them to compete in a world economy. The first step is making certain that our teachers spend their time doing what they do best--teaching our children--by removing unnecessary paperwork and red tape. It also means more local control and empowering administrators, locally elected school boards, and parents and letting them make decisions that are best for their school districts. Finally, it means bringing a fair and equitable funding system to Texas schools and putting an end to unfunded mandates from Austin and Washington, D.C., that tie the hands of local school officials and put an unfair burden on local taxpayers.