FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/08/2013
Texas PTA Names Representative Huberty to Legislative Honor Roll
Austin, Texas – Today members of Texas PTA named Representative Dan Huberty to PTA’s Legislative Honor Roll for his work during the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature.
In October, 2009, the Texas PTA Legislative Action Committee created the Texas Legislative Honor Roll to recognize elected or appointed officials at the state level who supported the Texas PTA legislative agenda. Criteria for selection included:
An elected or appointed official at the state level
Strong advocate for children’s issues
Supporter of legislation or actions that benefit children and youth
Demonstrates a strong commitment to one or more priorities on Texas PTA’s legislative agenda
Representative Huberty, Humble, is in his 2nd term and serves as a member of the House Public Education Committee and the House State Affairs Committee. Rep. Huberty is a strong supporter of increased funding for public schools and passed several education bills including legislation to reduce state assessment in grades 3-8, legislation to ensure assessment scores for students with disabilities are developmentally appropriate, and legislation to determine how many Texas students are diagnosed with dyslexia.
“As a former school board member, Rep. Huberty understands the challenges public schools face,” stated Marilyn Mann, President of Humble ISD’s Council of PTAs. “He is a problem solver and this session Rep. Huberty emerged as a key player in the passage of HB 5, a landmark education reform bill that reduced high school end-of-course tests from 15 to 5, changed graduation requirements and outlined a new school accountability system. Texas PTA is happy he’s on our side!”
Individuals recognized for the Texas PTA Honor Roll should demonstrate initiative to enhance the quality of life for children and youth, improve the quality of education for all children and youth, strengthen families, improve child safety standards, show support for children, youth, families and PTA-related positions and lend support to a current Texas PTA legislative priority.
Texas PTA is the largest grassroots organization in Texas with half a million members - parents, teachers and others who have a special interest in children, youth, families and schools. Texas PTA is a noncommercial, nonsectarian-nonpartisan organization that does not endorse any candidate or political party. For more information on Texas PTA, visit www.txpta.org or contact the state office at 800-TALK-PTA.