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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2015
AUSTIN – Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, received the first-ever “I Carry the Torch Award” from the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District during a ceremony yesterday in Saginaw.
“As a former teacher who entered public service because of my passion for education, I will never forget how special it was to be the first person to receive this award,” Senator Nelson said. “This is a school district with a strong commitment to excellence and preparing students for success, and I am so proud to represent its students, faculty and parents in the Texas Senate.”
EM-S ISD launched this award program with the goal of recognizing individuals who have made notable contributions to public education. In presenting the award to Senator Nelson, the district noted Senator Nelson’s efforts this session to address what is known as “fractional funding,” which impacts school districts whose tax rates were below the limit during school finance reform in 2006.
"Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD was pleased to join with the Coalition for Education Funding to honor Senator Nelson for her support and leadership during the 84th Legislative Session to correct the issue of fractional funding that negatively affected 473 districts across the State of Texas," said Dr. Jim F. Chadwell, Superintendent of Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD. "We are fortunate to have a leader who believes in the power of public education and will fight for the students of Texas, and we sincerely thank the Senator for her ongoing support of children, educators, schools, and our communities."
Senator Nelson is a former public school teacher; a former teacher of adult literacy; and a lifetime member of the Parent-Teacher Association. Before her election to the Texas Senate, she served two terms on the State Board of Education, leading the fight to correct more than 5,000 errors in school textbooks.
During her time in the Senate, she fought to dedicate lottery proceeds to education as promised to Texas voters; championed many student health initiatives; and affirmed the rights of teachers to assign merit-based grades. As chair of the Senate Finance Committee, she sponsored the state budget, which increased education funding by $2.86 billion, including an additional $118 million for pre-kindergarten, $104 million for instructional facilities and $40.6 million for reading and math academies.