AUSTIN (AP) – State Sen. Florence Shapiro says she won’t seek re-election next year.

In a statement Monday, the Senate Education Committee chairwoman said she’ll retire from the Senate after completing her current term in January 2013. The Republican from the north Dallas suburb of Plano has served in the Senate since 1993.

However, she said she’ll continue with what she calls her “passion for improving our state’s public schools, community colleges and universities.”

The 63-year-old former classroom teacher previously served as a Plano City Council member, then as mayor.

She’s headed the Senate Education Committee since 2003 and has authored bills dealing with college and career readiness, ending the TAKS test and replacing it with end-of-course exams and school accountability standards.

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