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Friday, September 27 • 10:15am - 11:15am
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Can the state meet the needs of rural schools and rural students?

Presented by Raise Your Hand Texas. Supported by the Greater Texas Foundation.

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Christopher Collins

Rural Reporter for The Texas Observer
Collins is an investigative journalist based in Abilene, Texas, and writes about rural Texas for The Texas Observer. Previously, he worked as a reporter at the Abilene Reporter-News and the Wichita Falls Times Record News. Collins’ work has appeared in USA Today, Civil Eats and... Read More →

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Keven Ellis

Member of the State Board of Education
Ellis represents District 9 on the State Board of Education. He serves on the board’s Committee on School Initiatives, which oversees items including charter schools, certification rules and school board member training. Ellis previously served as a member and president of the Lufkin... Read More →
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Ken King

State Representative
King, R-Canadian, has represented House District 88 since 2015. He sits on the House Licensing & Administrative Procedures and Public Education committees. He also serves on the House Research Organization board of directors and is a member of several House caucuses including the... Read More →
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Joe Lopez

Superintendent of the Taft Independent School District
Lopez began as superintendent of Taft ISD in 2015. As superintendent, he has implemented numerous programs in the district, such as a full immersion computer science elementary school in Central and South Texas and a reading literacy program to provide home libraries for students... Read More →
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Becky McCutchen

Superintendent of Alpine Independent School District
McCutchen has served as superintendent of Alpine ISD since 2015. Early in her career in education she worked as an educational diagnostician, and she later spent eight years as a classroom teacher. Previously, she served as director of special education for 588 Cooperative in Alpine... Read More →

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