Rep. Oliveira gives legislative update

By ALLEY COWGILL
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
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The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce hosted a Quarterly Public Affairs Luncheon on Wednesday State Rep. René Oliveira (D-Brownsville) shared updates from the Texas legislature.

Oliveira first spoke on education explaining that a huge problem in Texas public education is that, “The financing schools receive are dependent upon zip codes and property taxes. A system should be put in place where every public school gets the same amount of funding per kid as everyone else,” he said.

“There are some schools that are receiving $40,000 per kid while districts like Brownsville are receiving $7,000 per kid. We have some children that have to go to the library to do their homework because they don’t have a computer or internet at home while others are taking home iPads provided by the school district,” he continued. “We need to fix it and equalize it!”

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