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Texas Governor makes education a priority

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott mandates education a priority for this legislative session Texas Gov. Greg Abbott mandates education a priority for this legislative session

AUSTIN, Texas -- During his State of the State address Tuesday, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott declared school reform, teacher pay and school safety emergency items for this legislative session. 

"When we do that, we are going to keep Texas the greatest state in America," stated Texas Governor Gregg Abbott.

With education declared a priority for this legislative session, lawmakers can now pass bills on topics of school reform, teacher pay and school safety during the first sixty days of the session. 

"I think they're critical topics," said Sherman ISD Assistant Superintendent Tyson Bennett. "I think the governor stating that these are emergency items show's that there's a lot of work ahead of them and they want to get started as soon as possible." 

Texas Senator Pat Fallon is on the education committee and says they already have plans for the session.

"We've listened and learned from teachers and administrators," said Fallon. "We're going to have some education only and education focused town halls." 

 Fallon says he stands with the Governor and agrees that teachers need a pay raise. 

"We need to make sure that our educators know we value them," said the senator. "We trust them, love them and appreciate them." 

Tyson said he's very hopeful of what legislatures will come up with for this session. 

"We need to do what we can in securing additional funding to make sure that we're able to continue to set safety as a top priority," said Tyson.

"We also want to make sure they are passing legislation that not only talks about safety and security, but also that they continue to provide funding that we can use to accelerate what we're doing in the area with safety and security," he added. 

Governor Abbott also declared property tax reform, statewide mental health programs and disaster response as emergency items for this legislative session. 

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