Lobbying in Austin on our behalf –

MerryLynn Gerstenschlager

As many of you know, I am temporarily living in Austin in order to serve as a full-time volunteer lobbyist for Texas Eagle Forum, a pro-family organization (www.texaseagle.org), during the Texas Legislative Session.

The Session convened on January 11th and will adjourn on May 31st.

Because many of the bills filed will include a cost to the taxpayer, I thought you would like to see the attached booklet, just published by the Texas Education Agency.

This “Pocket Edition” of Texas Public School Statistics is jam-packed with at-a-glance information that should be of interest to every taxpayer, as well as public and charter school parent in Texas.

Be sure to look at the spending per pupil and teacher/staff/administrators’ salaries. Among other things, there is also information on student performance.

Keep in mind that a large percentage of our state budget goes to finance education in our state.

I hope you will keep this jam-packed booklet information handy as you read news articles about education and education funding during the legislative session.

Perhaps it will be of help should you decide to contact your State Senator or State Representative about any bills of concern to you.

Note that the last page of the booklet contains a list of State Board of Education (SBOE) members during the time period from 2009 – 2010. Since the November 2, 2010 election, the membership of the SBOE has changed.

On another note regarding your tax dollars, you may want to see if your local school district has placed their check register online.

You can go to www.peytonwolcott.com to see if your local school district has posted their check register online. If not, my friend Peyton Wolcott has provided suggestions at this website on how to ask your district to put their check register online.

Thank you for your interest in what goes on during this legislative session.

With many blessings,

MerryLynn Gerstenschlager
Vice President and Education Liaison
Texas Eagle Forum

%d bloggers like this: