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School voucher issue tops legislative priority list, but will it pass this session?

TSTA President Noel Candelaria discusses TSTA's viewpoint on vouchers in this December story on KSTX San Antonio. 

Betsy DeVos nomination hearing postponed until 1/17

The upshot: more time to make the case she is not qualified to be Secretary of Education because she has no public education experience. Don't delay. Tell your Senators to vote NO on DeVos, 1-855-882-6229.

6 steps to boost your advocacy for students and public schools in 2017

It’s time to take stock of what’s important to us, what is worth speaking out about and protecting. Whether it’s health care, nutrition and safe communities or ensuring every student has a caring, qualified teacher and education support professionals, a well-rounded curriculum and inviting classes small enough for one-on-one attention, we are deeply committed to the success of every student. Here are six ways to stand up for students and public schools. 

TRS Pension, Health Care Briefing Materials

TRS Pension, Health Care briefing materials provide updates, detailed information regarding the status of the TRS defined benefit pension fund and the TRS Care and ActiveCare health care plans.

TRS Pension Trust Fund 

TRS Pension Briefing 

TRS Health Benefits Briefing 

2016 TSTA legislative endorsements

The TSTA Political Action Committee has endorsed a slate of pro-education candidates. They may make additional endorsements later this year.

TSTA PAC 2016 Primary results  

TSTA PAC endorsed 37 state candidates who had contested primaries, 16 Republicans, and 21 Democrats. Scorecard:  26 wins, 7 losses and 4 face May runoffs.

Key Takeaways 

The results bode well for Speaker Straus’ ability to retain leadership of the House.

Texans for Education Reform lost its two biggest investments against House Public Education Committee members, blowing almost $300,000 in a losing bid to unseat Rep. Mary Gonzalez and another $126,000 in a losing bid to unseat Rep. Gary VanDeaver.

Republicans – 16 endorsements. Ten wins. Four losses. Two runoffs.

Eight of the nine incumbent House Republicans TSTA endorsed won their primary. One endorsed challenger and one candidate for an open seat also won.

Rep. Susan King leads going into a runoff for the open Senate District 24 seat.

The extreme Tea Party SBOE candidate Mary Lou Bruner leads going into a runoff against Keven Ellis.

TSTA PAC produced PAC mail on behalf of six Republican candidates. Of the six, all five House incumbents won and Senate candidate Susan King leads going into a runoff.

Democrats – 20 endorsements. Sixteen wins. Three losses. Two runoffs.

Nine of the ten endorsed incumbent Democrats won and another leads going into a runoff. Three more highly qualified endorsed candidates won, one of whom will be in a key general election battle.

All three endorsed Senate incumbents won.

Our endorsed SBOE candidate won. 

TSTA PAC produced PAC mail on behalf of six Democratic candidates. Of the six, Senator Jose Menendez won and four of the five Democratic House candidates won.  

House Endorsed Incumbents with contested primary 

HD1 - Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston) - Won 

HD2 - Dan Flynn (R-Van) - Won

HD8 - Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) - Won

HD17 - John Cyrier (R-Lockhart) =- Won

HD20 - Marcia Farney (R-Georgetown) - Lost

HD27 - Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) – Leads going to runoff

HD36 - Sergio Munoz, Jr. (D-Edinburg) - Won

HD37 - Rene Oliveira (D-Brownsville) - Won

HD58 - DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne) - Won

HD59 - JD Sheffield (R-Gatesville) - Won

HD75 - Mary Gonzalez (D-Clint) - Won

HD99 - Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) - Won

HD110 - Toni Rose (D-Dallas) - Won

HD121 - Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) - Won

HD124 - Ina Minjarez (D-San Antonio) - Won 

HD131 - Alma Allen (D-Houston)- Won 

HD137 - Gene Wu (D-Houston) - Won

HD148 - Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) - Won

HD149 - Hubert Vo (D-Houston) - Won

House Challengers/Open seat primary endorsements  

HD4 – Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) – challenge - Won

HD49 – Gina Hinojosa (D-Austin) – open seat - Won

HD60 – Kevin Downing (R-Granbury) – open - Lost

HD71 – Stan Lambert (R-Abilene) – open - Won

HD77 – Lina Ortega (D – El Paso) – open - Won

HD94 – Andrew Piel (R-Arlington) – primary challenge - Lost

HD115 – Bennett Ratliff (R-Coppell) - challenge - Lost

HD116 – Marty Golando (D-San Antonio) - Lost

HD 118 – Gabe Farias (D- San Antonio) – Lost

HD120 – Mario Salas (D-San Antonio) – in runoff 

HD139 – Randy Bates (D-Houston) - Lost

HD144 – Mary Ann Perez (D- Houston/Pasadena) - Won

Senate Endorsed Incumbents with contested primary 

SD19 – Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) - Won

SD26 – Jose Menendez (D – San Antonio) - Won

SD27 – Eddie Lucio Jr. (D – Brownsville) - Won

Senate Open seats primary endorsements

SD1 – General “Red” Brown – (R-Lindale) – Out of runoff by seven votes, could change

SD24 – Susan King (R-Abilene) – Leads going into runoff

State Board of Education open seat primary endorsements

SBOE1- Georgina Perez (D- Tornillo) - Won

SBOE9 – Keven Ellis – (R-Lufkin) – in runoff

Read Public Affairs Specialist Clay Robison’s commentary on education and the political arena.

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