June 11, 2018


Meeting Aims To Improve Teacher Prep Programs


AUSTIN - Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is hopeful that a recent meeting of the House Subcommittee on Educator Quality and House Committee on Higher Education will lead to legislation to enhance schools all across Texas.

“It’s important that the teachers of Texas have all the tools necessary to give kids a great education,” said Guillen. “We’ve done a lot to improve education, but there is always more to do.”

The meeting on June 7th concerned Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) and how they can provide teachers with the information necessary to improve education. EPPs are critical to teacher performance. Common concerns are the transparency and effectiveness of data sharing, elevating the importance of teacher preparation in-state, determining ways to measure teacher effectiveness, and reviewing the program’s accountability system.

Guillen has called for a special session of the Texas House to discuss increasing school security and funding, teacher pay raises, and benefits for retired teachers. In the past Guillen has shown his commitment to education, securing over $1.2 billion to help reduce premiums and deductibles for retired teacher healthcare, $167 million for public school facilities, and eliminating the small school penalty which hurt South Texas schools. He also advocated for the passage of a landmark school finance bill that would have brought more than $1 billion in additional state money to public education.

“Regardless of zip code, every child deserves a great education, and the foundation of a great education is great teachers," remarked Guillen. "With effective Educator Preparation Programs, we can help ensure that teachers are ready to fulfill such a role in their students' lives."

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and