AUSTIN, Texas — With passage by the Texas Senate today of the education reform package, the director of research at the Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following statement:

“The senate’s education reform measure brings some real strengths to the conference committee, complimenting the work the house did earlier in the week,” said Chris Patterson. “This is particularly true in the area of financial accountability. The real challenge for the conference committee is to protect the best aspects of each bill and work out some of the more problematic aspects.”

Patterson said those aspects include a “fuzzy definition” of instructional spending, and standardizing cost-accounting systems for reporting on expenditures.

“Sen. Shapiro did a remarkable job crafting this legislation. Both she and Gov. Dewhurst are to be congratulated for bringing very important reforms to education.”