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January 10, 2013

Area school districts join forces to address public education issues during legislative session

Eleven superintendents and board presidents from Parker County and area school districts have joined forces to form a coalition whose purpose is to focus on current and potential legislative issues that may impact Texas public education during the 83rd Texas Legislative Session.

Members of the group, who call themselves the Parker County Area Coalition for Unity in Texas Public Schools, have written a series of letters that will be distributed to local and regional media focusing on potential issues such as vouchers, school funding, assessment and accountability, open-enrollment charter schools, and the Teacher Retirement System.

“Collectively, we have over 26,000 students in our care,” Aledo ISD Superintendent Dan Manning said. “Rather than stand alone as separate entities, we stand together in unified agreement on the importance of public education in our society and what legislative priorities are critical in the upcoming legislative session in Austin.”

Weatherford ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Hanks said he hopes other schools districts across the state will consider taking the same approach and consider forming their own groups to inform their public of potential legislative issues.

“We need to let others know what we believe in…and just as importantly what we do not believe in,” Dr. Hanks said, “and this is the perfect time in order to take these necessary steps.”

The coalition also has a Facebook page that may be found at www.facebook.com/parkercountyareacoalition.

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