A local teacher’s group recently visited the Texas Capitol and lobbied legislators.

Members from the Texas Classroom Teachers Association converged on the Capitol on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 for their TCTA Capitol Visit.

The classroom professionals discussed education issues such as testing and budget cuts with members of the Texas Legislature and their staff members, just prior to the start of their organization’s three-day state convention.

Lubbock ISD educators Mary Ann Lang, Kerry Vega, Reyna Torres, Veronica Carlson, Lori Holt, Andrew Strawn, Ross McCasland, and Donna Corbin were among more than 200 members that attended the event.

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams also addressed the convention attendees, and took questions regarding the state’s testing and accountability systems, as well as other issues.

Donna Corbin, the Lubbock Classroom Teachers Association President and TCTA District 17 Director was elected to the TCTA Executive Board, and will serve as State Membership Chairperson.

During the convention, Evans Middle School Principal Flo Touchstone was honored as the TCTA Secondary Administrator of the year, and Anita Evans, a third grade teacher at Waters Elementary, was honored as TCTA Leader of the Year.

Pam Allison, a retired Lubbock ISD educator, was honored as the TCTA Retiree of the Year, and Pastor Mark Lang of the Lubbock Dream Center was named TCTA’s 2012-13 Friend of Education.

The TCTA is the leading teacher association in Texas, and is the only statewide teachers’ association that limits active-level membership to those directly involved in classroom teaching or teaching support, including librarians, counselors, and teacher aides.