Canton forum draws candidates for education dialogue


The Texas Education Forum hosting six candidates and seven public education advocates will be held Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. until 4:20 p.m. at the Canton Civic Center at 800 Flea Market Road.

Candidates include Mike Collier for lieutenant governor, Kendall Scudder for Senate District 2, Bill Brannon for House District 2, Neal Katz for House District 6, Catherine Krantz for Congressional District 4 and Congressional District 5 candidate Dan Wood.

Those listed have confirmed while both major parties for each race above were invited.

Public Education Advocates speaking will be Charles Foster Johnson of Pastors For Texas Children, Heather Sheffield of Texans Advocating for Meaningful Assessment, Texas Retired Teachers Association Associate Director Brock Gregg, Texas American Federation of Teachers President Louis Malfaro, Texas Parent Political Action Committe's Dinah Miller, Founder of Texans for Public Education Troy Reynolds and Campaign Finance expert Chris Tackett.

The documentaries "Backpack Full of Cash" and "The Texas Promise" will be shown in the afternoon session. Cash only concessions will be available and attendees are welcome to bring their own food.

The forum's goal is to raise awareness on public education issues and property tax reform. The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election is Oct. 9. Early voting runs Oct. 22 through Nov. 2.

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