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Leticia Van de Putte Endorsed by Texas State Teachers Association

by: Natalie San Luis

Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 10:30 AM CST

This week, the Texas State Teachers Association endorsed Senator Leticia Van de Putte for lieutenant governor of Texas.

The TSTA, which consists of other 68,000 educators, school administrators, and school workers in Texas, cited Van de Putte's work to restore the education budget and her tenure on the Senate Education Committee.

Referencing Greg Abbott's courtroom battles against funding for public schools, TSTA President Rita Haecker said that conservatives' education policies will leave children unprepared to compete "for good jobs in the new economy."

Two weeks ago, the education organization endorsed Senator Wendy Davis for governor. "Wendy and Leticia are the true education candidates for the state's top two offices," Haecker said.

Read more about the Texas State Teachers Association endorsement after the jump.

TSTA endorses Leticia Van de Putte for lieutenant governor

The Texas State Teachers Association today announced its endorsement of Senator Leticia Van de Putte for lieutenant governor.

"Senator Van de Putte knows the classroom is the heart of public education, and she has worked tirelessly to free teachers to teach and give every student the opportunity to succeed," said TSTA President Rita Haecker.

"While Leticia Van de Putte keeps fighting to restore education cuts that forced underpaid teachers to spend their own money to buy classroom supplies, the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor are scrambling to supply our classrooms with extremist ideology that will not prepare a single child for good jobs in the new economy," Haecker added.

Van de Putte fought the devastating cuts to public schools during the 2011 legislative session and was instrumental in the Senate in restoring much of the lost funding last year. She also worked to reduce standardized testing and give students new curriculum choices that will better prepare high school graduates for college and the work place.

A member of the Senate Education Committee, Van de Putte has represented San Antonio and Bexar County in the Senate since 1999 and served in the Texas House for 10 years before that.

TSTA previously endorsed Senator Wendy Davis for governor.

"Wendy and Leticia are the true education candidates for the state's top two offices," Haecker said. "They will listen to educators and parents and work with them to offer much more than lip service to support our neighborhood schools."

Natalie tweets from @nsanluis.

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