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Davis Launches Into Hunt For New Ways To Fund Education

Bill Zeeble

Texas Senator Wendy Davis says her top legislative priority is education funding. The newly re-elected lawmaker who beat Republican Mark Shelton says she is not just for public schools, but also for higher education.

"Our middle income families are finding themselves unable to send their kids to the kind of future they want to have for them. It’s tied up tremendously in the state’s withdraw of support into our public university system, but also the state’s withdrawal in terms of its support for financial aid."

Davis says she hopes to work with the Texas Association of Business in devising a funding path to make state colleges and universities more affordable. She acknowledges she has not always gotten along with the TAB, but says politics makes strange bedfellows.

Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.