Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Kel Seliger, District 31

May 18, 2007
Contact: Christy Bertolino
(806) 374-8994

Senator Seliger Appointed to Conference Committee on Bill to End High School TAKS Testing

AUSTIN, Texas - Today, State Senator Kel Seliger was appointed to the conference committee on Senate Bill 1031 (SB 1031), chaired by Senator Florence Shapiro. SB 1031 would end the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test at the high school level and replace it with end-of-course exams based on the recommended curriculum. The other conferees are Senator Kyle Janek, R-Houston, Senator Royce West, D-Dallas, and Senator Tommy Williams, R-Woodlands.

Senator Seliger filed an early bill to repeal TAKS, Senate Bill 379 (SB 379), with the assistance of educators, administrators and parents. "I have enjoyed working with the members of the education committee to ensure the successful passage of this legislation, and appreciate the dedication and leadership of Senate Education Chair Florence Shapiro. I am honored to be a part of negotiations with the House to ensure that we come up with a testing system that better reflects the needs of Texas students." The conference committee is empanelled to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.

Seliger was sworn in to the Texas Senate to serve the citizens of Senate District 31 on March 2, 2004 to complete the term of former Senator Teel Bivins of Amarillo. He was reelected to serve a full, four-year term on November 4, 2004. The district spans 26 counties from the Panhandle to the Permian Basin and includes Amarillo, Midland, Odessa and Big Spring.