The Texas Parent Teacher Association has selected State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, as a Texas PTA Champion for Children for her leadership during the 86th Legislative Session.
“Senator Nelson has been a steadfast advocate for Texas’ youth for many years, as a teacher, a member of the State Board of Education, and a leader in the Texas Senate,” said Suzi Kennon, President-Elect of Texas PTA. “We appreciate her leadership in carrying legislation to create the Mental Health Care Consortium. We’re confident that her work will positively impact students, particularly our state’s most vulnerable students, for decades to come.”
Before joining the Senate, Senator Nelson was a public school teacher who served two years on the State Board of Education, according to her office. She is also a lifetime member of the PA.
“As a former PTA mom, this award is particular meaningful to me,” Nelson said. “I am so grateful to this organization and all the parents who are involved in their child’s education. Having that support makes a tremendous difference in student success.”
In presenting the award, Texas PTA made note of Nelson’s work to promote early intervention for students at risk of suicide, substance abuse or becoming a danger to themselves or others, according to a news release from Nelson’s office. As chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Nelson sponsored the FY 20-21 budget, which includes $100 million for the Texas Child Mental Health Consortium – a collaboration of Texas medical schools to provide mental health services for young at-risk Texans.
Nelson represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.