From the Office of State Senator Kel Seliger, District 31

July 12, 2012
Contact: Gina Dowdy, (806) 374-8994

Senator Seliger Named a "Champion for Children"

AMARILLO—Today, the Equity Center presented Senator Kel Seliger with the Champion for Children Award for his substantial contribution to the education of Texas children and his efforts to reduce inequities in public education funding during the 82nd Legislature. "Public education is the most important investment that Texans make and in which the legislature is involved. It is a privilege to be able to work with educators and the business community to continually improve our system," said Seliger.

Senator Seliger has been very active in public education issues during his tenure in the Senate. He currently serves on the Senate Education Committee and the Joint Interim Committee to Study the Public School Finance System, which will make recommendations to the legislature prior to the 83rd Regular Session.

"Senator Seliger is a longstanding advocate for Texas' public school children. As a member of the Senate Education Committee, he has worked tirelessly to ensure every child, no matter where they live, will have access to a quality education. He is a true leader in the fight to protect our children and their futures and we're honored to give him this award," said Dr. Wayne Pierce, executive director of the Equity Center.

Founded in 1982, the Equity Center is a statewide association that advocates on behalf of 680 school districts across Texas with low or mid-level property wealth. It is the only education organization in Texas that exclusively represents the interests of children in school districts that are chronically under-funded.

"We have profound challenges to address in the 83rd Legislature, and I look forward to working with educators, education groups such as the Equity Center, and Texas businesses, whose future will be in the hands of the Texans who are in school today," Seliger concluded.

Seliger represents District 31 in the Texas Senate, which currently spans 26 counties and includes over 60 school districts from the Panhandle to the Permian Basin. He currently serves as a member of the Senate Education Committee and the Joint Interim Committee to Study the Public School Finance System. In addition, he is the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting, as well as an active member of the Senate Finance, International Relations and Trade, and Natural Resources Committees.