Royce West on Education
A: One of the things I will be doing is working on figuring out how students can at least get a community college degree without having to pay for it.
Q: Do you support calls to completely eliminate student debt for everyone and make college free for all?
A: If we can do it in a realistic manner, and tie that into the other priorities we have like health care. The question becomes if you only have a finite amount of money, then which one do you prioritize?
When the measure originally passed the House, both Democrats and Republicans rose to oppose the change. State Rep. Sylvester Turner, said moving to the letter grades would be a "horrendous mistake. That places more of a stigma on kids who are trying to rise above their circumstances," he said.
In a particularly fiery speech, state Rep. Larry Phillips (R) urged his colleagues to "stand up for sanity in schools" & vote for his amendment to strip the A-through-F ratings from the bill. "You think just because you rate someone A through F they are going to do a better job? No," Phillips said.
Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 30-1-0 on May/29/15; Sen. West voted NO; passed House 119-17-2 on May/31/15; signed by Governor Greg Abbott Jun/19/15.
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