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News Release Contact: Lauren Cook FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Director of Communications November 16, 2011 cook@equitycenter.org 512/478-7313

Texas Taxpayer & Student Fairness Coalition Represents More Than One Million Texas Students (AUSTIN, TX) - As of this week, the Texas Taxpayer & Student Fairness Coalition represents more than one million students statewide. The Coalition’s member school districts range from large and urban districts to small and rural districts, and everything in between. Like the make-up of Texas, the Coalition’s members are varied and unique. The common thread that ties all these schools together, though, is that they are all currently underfunded and unfairly treated by our public school finance system. “The fact that the coalition represents more than one million students will send a strong message to the courts that the problems with our funding system do not affect only a small subset of school districts. This is a chronic problem that must be addressed for every Texas taxpayer and student,” said Charles Dupre, Superintendent at Pflugerville ISD and the recently-elected President of the Coalition. More than 320 school districts have joined the coalition so far. Districts can still join by passing a school board resolution. The coalition also represents individual taxpayers and parents. ###

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