As a retired school superintendent, Gary VanDeaver is working to improve and support public schools in Texas. That is why he authored and passed three new laws to reduce burdensome paperwork by eliminating duplicate reports between state and federal governments, help school districts purchase instructional materials for use in the classroom, and work toward reducing high stakes testing in schools. He worked to reverse funding cuts to public schools and keep the promises made to our retired teachers.

Junior colleges and universities are very important to our house district. As a member of the Appropriations and Public Education Committees, Gary spearheaded legislation to continue the exciting advancement of Texas A&M University - Texarkana by expanding its two-year nursing program into a full four-year degree program, and to assist Texarkana College and Paris Junior College in their mission to make quality higher education affordable for many Northeast Texas students and families.

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