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David Guenthner Of The Texas Public Policy Foundation Said This Will Be A Big Week For Education In The State Legislature [AUDIO]

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On the Tuesday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, David Guenthner from the Texas Public Policy Foundation talked with Chad Hasty about the latest coming out of the Texas legislative session.

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It’s a busy day for education in the state legislature today, with a school choice event being held in Austin and the school charter bill scheduled to be voted on today. Also today, the House will be debating on the testing and accountability bill. Guenthner said this bill contains over 165 amendments, and that Congress was in for a long night with this bill. He added that the bill has had a lot of mixed reactions among business owners, but the general consensus is that too much emphasis is placed on testing in Texas.

I think the consensus is that there are probably too many tests right now and too much of an emphasis on tests. The question is, what is the right balance between rolling back some of the testing requirements versus having non-useful accountability, or watering down accountability? I think it’s going to be interesting to watch the amendments today to see what winds up being at the end of the process.

Also up for debate this week is House Bill #4, dealing with the state’s water infrastructure plan. Guenthner said the main point of debate for this bill is not really about the need for water; it’s more about whether or not this particular plan is the right plan for Texas. Guenthner also talked about House Bill 335, which would relax requirements for posting public notices online, and how it could potentially hurt newspapers.

Throughout the Texas legislative session, you can listen to David Guenthner Tuesdays at 9:05 during The Chad Hasty Show on NewsTalk 790 KFYO. For more information on the Texas Public Policy Foundation, visit their website at  You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter @TPPF.

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