Senator Bob Deuell
Texas Senate, District 2
P.O. Box 12068 Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711

DATE: March 3, 2004
CONTACT: Don T. Forse, Jr.
(512) 463-0102

Deuell Announces Formation of Citizen Advisory Panel on School Finance
Senator Wants Public Input on Issue

AUSTIN -- State Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) has announced plans to form a Citizen Advisory Panel on Public School Finance made up of local leaders and constituents from Senate District Two.

The panel will be charged with reviewing public school finance proposals and submitting comments to Senator Deuell and staff in preparation for a possible special session on the issue.

Senator Deuell said he is looking forward to getting as much public input as possible.

"In preparation for the upcoming debate on this issue, I am assembling a Citizens Advisory Panel on Public School Finance to assist me in gauging the attitudes and desires of my constituents," Deuell said. "The panel will be made up of superintendents, school board members, business leaders, teachers, county and city elected officials, and other interested parties in District Two."

"As a State Senator, a former school board member, and a father of three children who attended public schools, I know the education of our children is of the greatest importance to our area and our state," Deuell said. "I believe that we must find a way to reform our property tax system, while maintaining equity and ensuring our schools have the resources to provide our children with every educational opportunity possible."

For more information on the Citizens Advisory Panel, constituents are encouraged to contact Sen. Deuell's office at (512) 463-0102.