Local state representatives hope to see education reform at special session

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) -- Two local state representatives are heading into next Tuesday's special session with the same thing at the top of their list; education.

"Of course education is always a priority and I'm a little concerned. I think that we need to pay our teachers more and we should be looking at that and funding it," State Representative John Raney said. He represents District 14. State Representative Leighton Schubert who represents District 13 agrees.

"In Texas, we add 80,000 school children per year to the school population. That's roughly the size of the Fort Worth ISD system every single year. So, school finance is an issue to work on. One solution alone isn't going to suffice," Schubert said.

Both representatives agree that the state will need to allow room for local leaders to have a say.

"Part of a good school finance plan has to include some flexibility at the local level for a certain school district to address their particular needs. One side does not fit all in Texas," Schubert said.

"The problems that they have in Harris County and Houston public schools are not the same types of problems that we have in Bryan/College Station. This issue is different in every county, every school district, every city – all have different problems," Raney said.

Some items discussed in the regular session are coming back including the controversial bathroom bill.

"Some of those we may never come to an agreement on. I don't know. But there will have to be changes on both sides in order to make that happen," Raney said. Other topics on the twenty item agenda are property taxes, education and the Sunset legislation.

The special session can last up to 30 days, but State Representative Leighton Schubert says he thinks it will take more time.

"If the Governor wants all 20 of these items done, we'll be there for extra, extra innings. I don't know if we could get all of this done in 30 days. I'm wanting to get in, let's get our work done and really get out of the way and let the business community, let our local officials start working and solving a lot of these problems," said Schubert.

Lawmakers get back to work on Tuesday July 18th.