Monday, July 18, 2005

'Tough grandma' proposes education reforms

'Tough grandma' proposes education reforms - The Daily Texan - State & Local: "Texas Comptroller and gubernatorial candidate Carole Keeton Strayhorn made a campaign stop Friday afternoon at the Arboretum Marriot to speak at the annual leadership conference of the Association of Texas Professional Educators.

The self-proclaimed 'tough grandma' touted her proposed education plans and attempted to win the hearts (and votes) of Texas school teachers.

Strayhorn proposed an automatic $3,000 pay increase for every public school teacher effective immediately, followed by a mandatory biennial raise, citing a yearly loss of $13.3 billion to the state 'because teachers are underpaid.'

If elected governor, she also wants to implement her Texas- NextStep program, 'making K-14 education the norm in Texas.' "


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