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New Straus TV Ad Features Education Reforms

House Speaker Joe Straus points to his record of prioritizing and reforming education in a new ad for his re-election campaign in Bexar County. 

The ad features a San Antonio teacher, Marie Marks, who talks about how Speaker Straus has improved education for Texas students

“Leadership is about focusing on what matters, like reforming education so we’re preparing students for success instead of just teaching to a test,” said Marks. 

In 2013, under the leadership of Speaker Straus, the Legislature responded to an outcry from parents and educators and reduced the number of end-of-course exams required for high school graduation from 15 to 5. In the 2015 legislative session, the Legislature changed the state’s school accountability system to take factors other than test scores into account when determining a school’s rating.

Under the leadership of Speaker Straus, the House has also reformed high school graduation requirements to better prepare students for career success. The House has also expanded school choice by increasing the number of charter schools in the state and made it easier to shut down schools that consistently perform poorly. 

Speaker Straus is running in the March 1 Republican primary to continue representing House District 121 in northern Bexar County.