From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
April 27, 2010
Contact: Kathryn Freeman, 210-733-6604

Van De Putte Recognized As Champion of Texas Public Schools

(SAN ANTONIO, TX) — On Monday, April 26, Senator Leticia Van de Putte was recognized by the Equity Center for her tireless efforts to ensure adequate and equitable funding for Texas public schools.

In 2005, Senator Van de Putte was recognized by the Equity Center as a "Champion for Children." During the 81st Legislative Session, Senator Van de Putte along with Representative Diane Patrick (R-Arlington) championed school finance legislation, which would have returned Texas to a formula-driven system and increased equity.

"Senator Van de Putte is a Champion for Children. The things she has done for them are just amazing. And just when you think she has accomplished all that can be done, she simply blows you away by achieving something even more spectacular," said Dr. Wayne Pierce, Executive Director of the Equity Center. "Her commitment to Texas children, parents, and taxpayers is extraordinary."

SAISD Superintendent Robert Duron presented Senator Van de Putte with a resolution written and signed by the 46 Superintendents from across the state who comprise the Equity Center's Executive Committee and Board of Directors, to recognize Sen. Van de Putte efforts to bring equity into the public school finance system.

Edgewood Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Garza, Southwest Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Velma Villegas, Van Independent School District Joddie Witte, Northeast Independent School District Associate Superintendent Wess Robinson, and Northside Independent School District Board Member Katie Reed were also present and offered their thanks on behalf of their respective districts.

"The Equity Center has always been a champion on behalf of public school children across Texas by representing the diverse interests of school districts across the state. I am truly humbled by the recognition of this fabulous organization," said Senator Van de Putte.

The Equity Center is an organization of 678 school districts. It serves the interests of 4 million Texas children with respect to public school funding.