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Texas education commissioners to lead Educational Policy Summit at UT Arlington

News Release — 15 October 2009


Media contact: Timothy R. Brown, (817) 272-9208,

ARLINGTON - Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund A. Paredes and Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott are the keynote speakers for the third annual Educational Policy Summit on Monday, Oct. 19, at The University of Texas at Arlington.

More than 200 Texas education and business leaders are expected to attend the event to discuss educational policy issues, including pre-kindergarten through post-secondary transitions and student accountability. The summit begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Rosebud Theater in the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

A session of roundtable discussions is scheduled at 6 p.m. in the University Center's Bluebonnet Ballroom. The session will give participants a chance to discuss ways to work together to shape the future of education in Texas.

State Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, will welcome participants who will hear Commissioner Scott address current issues in public education and Commissioner Paredes speak on how the post-secondary and K-12 systems can work together on challenging priorities.

"This is an opportunity to discuss important education issues for our state, and I look forward to addressing the priorities expressed at this summit in the next legislative session," said Patrick, who serves on both the House Public Education and Higher Education Committees.

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Scott as Texas education commissioner in 2007. He serves as the head of the Texas Education Agency, which oversees the state's 1,200 school districts and charter schools.

Paredes has headed the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board since 2004 and has traveled across the state in an effort to build partnerships with K-12 leaders.

For more information about the summit, contact Patrick's district office at 817-548-9091.


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