FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2001
Sen. Lucio to file measure that establishes a three-member Texas Education Commission for increased representation AUSTIN, TX--Today state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, announced he is filing a bill that creates a three-member Texas Education Commission.
"We currently have a Commissioner of Education who must oversee the entire public school system for a state that has grown in population by over 4 million people, or over 22 percent in 10 years," explained Sen. Lucio. "As our state population grows, so should the representation of our constituency in the Texas Education Agency, our most important state agency."
Showing his appreciation to the many teachers and other school personnel for helping him refine his educational legislative package during an Education Conference he held in South Texas last May, Sen. Lucio said, "After talking with so many educators, administrators and parents about the volume and variety of educational needs Texas is facing, I crafted a bill that will give each of these groups the attention that they have long needed."
The bill will assign one commissioner to represent teachers and public school employees, while another will act on behalf of parents and students. Administrators will have their own commissioner, who will also oversee public school facilities.
The members of the Texas Education Commission will serve staggered terms of six years, and one will be designated by the governor as the chairman.
"I truly believe that Commissioner Jim Nelson would be an excellent first chairman of the Education Commission," stated Sen. Lucio.
"If education is to remain one of our top priorities, the Legislature must provide the proper avenue for the representation of our 260,000 teachers and our four million children, which will be possible through the creation of the Texas Education Commission," explained Sen. Lucio. "How fitting that for the new millennium the Legislature create a higher level of accountability for public education through this bill."