State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, has been appointed to serve as chairman of the House Committee on Public Education.
Aycock also was named to the Culture Recreation and Tourism Committee.
House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, announced the appointments Thursday.
“(Education) is certainly one of those issues that I ran on when I ran originally,” said Aycock about his appointment in a phone interview Thursday. “Basically, education is what I have focused on and what I want to continue to focus on.”
Aycock has served on the Public Education Committee for two previous terms, and that has allowed him to “encourage” and “discourage” bills pertaining to education in the state, he said. As chairman he will be able to continue to do so.
Thousands of legislative bills will be introduced
during the current session, and by taking an active role as a committee member, Aycock will have significant input on a large number of those bills, stated a news release from Aycock’s office.
The education committee oversees regulations about elementary and secondary school programs, the creation and alteration of school districts, financing public schools and jurisdiction over the appropriate education agencies, the release stated.
Next week, Aycock plans to introduce some major modifications to the state’s testing and graduation plans that have been criticized for the last two years.
“We are focusing on testing, accountability, graduation and career and technical education,” he said of the his plan. “It will have a very major impact on all four of those areas.”
The release stated that Aycock’s prior experience on both college and public school boards and as a Central Texas rancher and veterinarian should be useful in his two committee appointments.
“These committee assignments give me the unique opportunity to work on a wide range of issues important to the State of Texas,” he said in the release. “It is great for the interests of House District 54.”
Aycock represents a portion of western Bell County and all of Lampasas County. Now in his fourth term, he was first elected to the seat in 2006.