Texas Senate Republican Caucus Stands United on Education Reform Efforts

August 8, 2017

A dozen senators hold press conference to discuss Senate’s actions on meaningful education reforms

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate Republican Caucus held a press conference today to show their strong support for their education reform priorities, including meaningful school finance reform legislation as well as the Texas Teacher Retirement System and TRS Care. Texas Senate Republican Caucus Vice-Chair Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), flanked by a dozen Republican senators, acted as the emcee for the press conference. Introducing Senate Education Chair Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), Vice-Chair Creighton stated, “We are here today to express our support for public education reform, teachers, and retired teachers.”

Highlighting the need for long-term solutions over more shortterm band-aids, Chair Taylor stated, “Our message is loud and clear. We want substantial, meaningful education reform and we want it now. The time for tinkering around the edges and applying another band-aid is over. We have a broken system and suggested proposals to add one-time money to this system are political campaign gimmicks, not long-term solutions.”

Chair Joan Huffman (R-Houston) highlighted the commitment that the Texas Senate has made to the Texas Teacher Retirement System, as well as TRS Care over the last several legislative sessions. She noted that the Texas Legislature unanimously passed HB 3976 during the 85th regular session that added roughly $350 million more to TRS Care as well as permanently increased the state’s contribution for retired teachers to roughly $850 million per biennium. As noted, without this additional funding, TRS Care would have been forced to close. Additional action has been taken by the Senate with the passage of SB 19, which provides additional funding to help lower healthcare deductibles and premiums for retired teachers as well as give bonuses to classrooms teachers across Texas.

“This represents the Senate’s commitment to send a message to retired teachers and provide relief to them,” said Chair Huffman. “I am hopeful that the House will act quickly.”

As noted by Chair Taylor, Texas has not taken a comprehensive look at school funding formulas since 1984, more than 30 years ago. This makes the need for a comprehensive, systemic overhaul of the school finance system through the creation of a new Commission, comprised of a broad cross-section of Texas business leaders, educators and legislators, not paid education lobbyists in Austin, all the more pressing.

Quoting from the Supreme Court’s ruling on public school finance, Senator Taylor continued, “… as we have recognized, more money does not guarantee better schools.” He later added, “some people’s idea of reform is to merely spend more money in education. That is not real reform and we will find ourselves back in the same cycle of litigation and adding more short term band-aids.”

“Texans can continue to count on the Texas Senate to show up, vote, and enact conservative solutions to Texas Challenges,” concluded Texas Senate Republican Caucus Vice-Chair Brandon Creighton.

Senators Buckingham, Campbell, Creighton, Estes, Hall, Hancock, Huffines, Huffman, Hughes, Nichols, Nelson, and L. Taylor attended the press conference. Chair Bettencourt expects additional press conferences will take place during the special session.


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I have a special religious liberty message for the Easter Weekend. I am proud of all my 19 Republican Collegues that voted to provide Texas license holders some protection for deeply help religious beliefs.

We were joined by Senator Lucio (D-Brownsville) as well because this common sense law is supported by the vast majority of Texans. Discrimination should not apply to any person in Texas in the 21st Century!

Speaking in favor, elegantly, is Senate Bill 17 author, Senator Perry (R-Lubbock) as well as Senators Paxton (R-McKinney) and Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). Listen to them now and read more about the bill here:

Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston)
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Good idea. Wish you folks felt as strongly about the 2nd Amendment. But the caucus is clueless and stupid when it comes to representing those that elected you. Caring only about business special interests.

The Texas Senate Republican Caucus held a joint press conference with U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick on Caucus Chair, Paul Bettencourt’s, Senate Resolution 535 that declared the Crisis at the Texas-Mexico International Border an Emergency.

Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) remarked, “The Texas Senate recognizes the obvious, the obvious is that there is a crisis on the border.” Senator Cornyn (R-TX), commented on the rising interdictions, “When it hits 200,000 will that be enough to acknowledge the obvious?” Senator Cruz (R-TX) pointed out that, “In six months we have seen nearly as many people apprehended in all of the preceding year.” Lieutenant Governor Patrick (R-TX) stated, “Since 2011 we have documentation of 1,761 dead migrants that we have recovered in Texas, many in Brooks County.”

State Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston), stated, “35,000 unaccompanied children, vulnerable to the sex trade, arrived in the last year.” State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), commented, “Over 100,000 migrants crossed our border illegally just last month, that is a crisis.” State Senator Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton) added, “We and our constituents are at our wits end. The border today is not the border of my youth.”

When asked what the difference was between Democrats and Republicans on this issue, Chairman Bettencourt responded, "That we voted for the Resolution and we took a stand on the crisis at the border."

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Where’s Abbott at

Yes sir way way too much ch talking

I look at the border wall as Black Friday as entering the store for good deals....... rush in before they are gone........ e.g. social security, health benefits........only difference is ONES FREE THE OTHER NOT!!

Good grief. Use a brain cell or two. Stopping immigration is not the purpose of a wall. It is to make people use the gate so the immigration can be controlled and LEGAL

Maybe a little less talk and a lot more action is in order? Time to put a stop to illegal entry into the United States!

It’s been a crisis since 1968

So they just now recognise there is a crisis? Most people saw this coming months ago and knew something needed to be done then. I guess better late than never.

Proud of Texas and NM people for trying to stop the invasion of illegals!

Call out the NATIONAL GUARD. Or let the MILITA tack charge

Save lives on both sides of the border. Build the wall protect us all.


Love to see Made in America again!!!

Didn’t see anything in the Houston Chronicle about this. The media is pathetic, a million people could come across in a day and they would not report.

Let’s face it !! No body is listening to the people who pay taxes and vote,! Politicians are out for themselves to be millionaires!!😡😡(Ronnie )

Oh please !! A wall will do nothing to stop migration!!

Then do something . MASS DEPORTATION

Closed the border and build the wall now

About dam time !!!

I remember years ago calling John Cornyn’s office to let him know he would never get my vote again and guess what it was over? The border wall and he would not vote for it. These jokers think the American public forgets over the years so they keep on getting elected.

Question: if the Empress and her cohorts don't care whether a pre-born or surviving aborted child lives or dies, why would they care about illegal border crossers?

having their little convention to figure how they are going to screw the people more

Cornyn, you haven’t done jack about this problem except stand behind individual Mitch McConald in congress at photo ops.

Cornyn, you haven’t done jack about this problem except stand behind individual Mitch McConald in congress at photo ops.

Get with plan John Cornyn

Cronyn probably dealing with Drug Cartel all about Money 😡

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