Thursday, October 18, 2012 Austin, Texas Press Release Gov. Perry Applauds District Judge’s Ruling on Religious Freedom
Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding the Hardin County District Court’s decision to grant an injunction allowing Kountze High School cheerleaders to continue expressing their religious beliefs at school football games:
Gov. Rick Perry emphasized Texas’ commitment to protecting religious liberties for all, supporting Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s efforts to intervene in court on behalf of students at Kountze High School who want to display religious language at school sporting events.
Monday, September 24, 2012 Austin, Texas Press Release Number of Hispanic, African American Students Taking SAT in Texas Skyrockets
According to a new report released by the College Board, more Texas Hispanic and African-American public school students are taking the SAT in preparation for enrolling in college. Over the past five years, the state has experienced a 65 percent increase in the number of Hispanic test takers and a 42 percent increase in African-American test takers.
Monday, August 27, 2012 Austin, Texas Press Release Gov. Perry Announces Williams and Reynolds as New Leadership Team at TEA
Gov. Rick Perry named Michael Williams of Arlington the State Commissioner of Education, effective September 1, and announced that Lizzette González Reynolds will serve as chief deputy commissioner. This team will lead the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and oversee the state's 1,200 school districts and charter schools.
Gov. Rick Perry encouraged Texas families to get started on their back-to-school shopping during the state's sales tax holiday this weekend, which exempts school supplies, clothing, shoes and backpacks priced at less than $100 from state and local sales taxes. This year's tax-free weekend runs from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 17, until midnight on Sunday, August 19.