• 2017 Summer Conference

Legislator Panel

  • Sunday, June 25, 3-4:30 p.m.

    We’ve invited several of this session’s most education-friendly legislators to the UT/TASA Summer Conference to share the real scoop on what happened under the Capitol dome this session and perhaps provide some insight into the upcoming special session. Panelists include:
    Dan Huberty   Dan Huberty, chair, House Public Education Committee
    @DanHuberty

    Dan Huberty is the chairman of the Texas House Public Education Committee. During the 2017 regular session, he authored legislation that would have added nearly $2 billion to Texas public schools and begun the process of reforming the school finance system. Huberty first served in the Legislature in 2011 and was named “Rookie of the Year” by Texas Monthly magazine following that session. His committee assignments during the past four sessions are indicative of his background in education and business. He served on the Humble ISD Board of Trustees for five years prior to being elected as state representative for District 127, serving as school board president, vice president, and chairman of the board’s Finance Committee. Huberty currently serves as president of MVP REIT, a real estate investment trust.

    Diego Bernal   Diego Bernal, vice-chair, House Public Education Committee
    @DiegoBernalTX

    Diego Bernal is the vice-chairman of the Texas House Public Education Committee. This session he authored legislation designed to reduce unnecessary state testing of special education students and to create campus “food pantries” to allow leftover food to be given to hungry students. In his early career as a social worker, Bernal worked with at-risk youth through Communities in Schools in Harlingen, Texas, to improve literacy. After graduating from law school, he worked in San Antonio as a MALDEF staff attorney, working for systemic changes to ensure equitable funding for Texas public schools and fighting against discrimination in schools and the workplace. Elected to the Texas Legislature in February 2015, he represents District 123 and also serves on the House Committee on Urban Affairs and the House Administration Committee.

    Gary VanDeaver   Gary VanDeaver, member, House Public Education Committee
    @GaryVanDeaver

    Gary VanDeaver is a member of the House Public Education Committee. He was elected to represent District 1 in the Texas House prior to the 2015 session after a 33-year career as an educator in which he served as a vocational agriculture teacher, school principal, and finally as superintendent of New Boston ISD. During the last two sessions, VanDeaver has authored legislation that chips away at the role of high-stakes testing in public schools, reduces duplicative paperwork, improves the distribution of state funds for instructional materials, and improves the school accountability system. He also serves as vice-chair of the House Administration Committee and is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
     
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