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Saturday, September 24 • 8:30am - 9:30am
Grading the STAAR Test

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Moderators
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Kiah Collier (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Collier reports on public education for the Tribune. Previously, she reported on government and politics for the Austin American-Statesman and the Houston Chronicle. Collier began her career in West Texas reporting for Reuters America Service and the San Angelo Standard-Times, where she covered the city council, water issues and the 83rd Legislature.

Speakers
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Jimmie Don Aycock

State Representative
Aycock, R-Killeen, has represented House District 54 since 2007. He serves as chairman of the House Public Education Committee and is a member of the Defense & Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Previously, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army and sat on the Killeen Independent School District Board. Aycock is also a member of the Texas Farm Bureau.
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Donna Bahorich

Chairwoman of the State Board of Education
Bahorich was appointed chairwoman of the State Board of Education by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015. She was first elected to the board as the District 6 representative in 2012. Bahorich serves on the board’s Committee on School Initiatives and has also served as a member of the board’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Long-Range Plan for Public Education.
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Mary González

State Representative
González, D-Clint, has represented House District 75 since 2012. She serves on the House Public Education and Agriculture & Livestock committees. Previously, González worked for state Reps. Paul Moreno and Richard Peña Raymond, at the National Hispanic Institute and as the assistant dean for Student Multicultural Affairs at Southwestern University.
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Thomas Ratliff

Vice Chairman of the State Board of Education
Ratliff was first elected to the board in 2010. He serves on the board’s Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund. Ratliff operates Ratliff Company, a governmental relations, consulting and lobbying firm. Ratliff announced in 2015 he would not seek re-election to the board.
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Theresa Treviño

President of the Board, Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment
Treviño joined Texans Advocating for Meaningful School Assessment as a founding member in 2012 and currently serves as the board president. She is also a governor appointee to the Texas Commission on Next Generation Accountability and Assessments. Previously, Treviño worked in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry and had private practices in San Antonio and Austin.