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Austin, Texas 78711
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2015
AUSTIN — Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has been honored as "Champion of Education Funding" by the Coalition for Education Funding. The organization presented the award in recognition of Senator Nelson's work on the education budget this session.
“As a former teacher, I entered public service because of my passion for education, and I want to make sure that our schools have the resources they need to prepare students for the modern workforce,” Senator Nelson said.
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. As chair of the Senate Finance Committee, she sponsored the state budget, which increased education funding by $2.86 billion, including an additional $200 million to address fractional funding, $118 million for pre-kindergarten, $104 million for instructional facilities and $40.6 million for reading and math academies.
Dr. Charles Luke, the Director of the Coalition for Education Funding said, "The Coalition for Education Funding is happy to give our “Champion of Education Funding” award to Senator Jane Nelson. No one did more to address the issue of the funding inequity caused by 'fractional funding' than Senator Nelson. She initiated the conversation in the Senate early in the session and she saw it to fruition to the very end. It was nothing short of heroic!” Senator Nelson’s efforts during this past session addressed “fractional funding,” which impacts school districts whose tax rates were below the limit during school finance reform in 2006.
During her time in the Senate, Senator Nelson has 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.