AUSTIN (AP) — Two conservative advocacy groups are teaming up to form a new nonprofit that will push for improving public education in Texas through parent empowerment and expanded charter schools.READ MORE: Police: 1 Dead In Downtown Austin Mass Shooting, Juvenile Suspect Arrested
Texans for Education Reform and the Texas Institute for Education Reform have become Texas Aspires.
An announcement obtained by The Associated Press says the new group’s 18-member board includes El Paso businessman Woody Hunt, former state Comptroller Susan Combs and Lionel Sosa, a veteran Republican strategist specializing in Hispanic outreach.READ MORE: 4 Injured After Vehicle Crashes Into MedStar Ambulance That Was Responding To Emergency
The merging groups have in the past lobbied successfully for state academic ratings that will give letter grades A-F to public schools starting next year.
Texas Aspires says it is focusing on strengthening public schools, but has remained silent on voucher programs that would funnel state funding to private and religious schools.MORE NEWS: North Texas Church Shines Light On Black-Owned Businesses In Remembrance Of Tulsa Race Massacre
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