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Governor Perry Reaffirms Commitment to Education Reform

Location: San Antonio, TX

Governor Perry Reaffirms Commitment to Education Reform

Launches Small Business Summits Across State

Gov. Rick Perry today reaffirmed his commitment to broker a deal between the House and the Senate on school finance reform in a speech to the League of United Latin American Citizens state convention.

"I believe that the need for comprehensive education and tax reform did not expire with the previous legislative session and I know there are many legislators who feel the same way," Perry said. "Time may have run out on the session, but time hasn't run out on the need for more money for education and property tax relief for hardworking Texans."

Perry expressed disappointment that legislative leaders did not reach an agreement on school finance reform, but pointed to other successes from the session.

"I am proud of the legislature's work on the protective services bill and many others that are on their way to my desk because they will make the future brighter for millions of Texans," Perry said.

Perry added that education reform should be addressed by the legislators and he will call them back if an agreement is reached.

"I for one will not be satisfied until we pass a plan that is good for Texas schoolchildren, teachers, property taxpayers and employers," Perry said. "That is why I continue to push for an agreement among legislators so I can call them back in a special session and ensure Texans get the best schools possible. "I'm not throwing in the towel on this issue because our children deserve better."

Perry also announced a new series of educational summits around the state to help equip more small business owners with the knowledge and tools they need to be successful in the long run. The first summit will be held in El Paso on June 15, followed by one in San Antonio in July.

"Jobs are a source of wealth for our families, and a generator of tax revenue for our communities," Perry said. "I say the best way to fund education long-term is to create good jobs that generate needed revenue."

The summits will provide experienced business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to receive help securing start-up or growth capital, learn how to qualify for tax credits and find out about bidding opportunities with Fortune 500 companies.

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