Hundreds of Texas IAF leaders bused in to Austin from El Paso, the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and West Texas, to join 100 Central Texas Interfaith leaders for a press conference calling on state legislators to increase spending on adult and K-12 education.
After a morning briefing on school finance, the Texas Innovative Career Education (ACE) program and other issues -- including healthcare, payday lending, and infrastructure in the colonias -- leaders were publicly recognized in the Gallery with a House resolution in support of the ACE program. Immediately afterward, they convened on the South Capitol steps for a press conference in which they were joined by five state legislators from Central Texas who pledged to continue working for investments in people, including Gina Hinojosa (HD-49), Vikki Goodwin (HD-47), John Bucy (HD 136), Erin Zweiner (HD-45) and James Talarico (HD-52).
In photo above, the Rev. Miles Brandon from St. Julian of Norwich Episcopal Church and Central Texas Interfaith energizes the crowd of Texas IAF leaders.
After the press conference, leaders broke out into smaller delegations to meet with legislators that represent their geographic regions, including in Austin, Western Travis, Williamson County, Comal and Hays.
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