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Texas State Senator Florence Shapiro joins CFT

Texas Education Pioneer Shapiro Brings Knowledge and Experience to CFT Board as New Trustee

COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION OF TEXAS is delighted to announce Senator Florence Shapiro as its newest trustee. Since 1993, Florence Shapiro has served as a Texas state senator. In 2003, she became chair of the Senate Education Committee. She swiftly moved to pass legislation overhauling the state’s school finance system while improving accountability and creating excellence in the classroom. Her journey with Texas politics began more than three decades ago as city council member and mayor of Plano.

Senator Shapiro played an instrumental role in getting Educate Texas (formerly known as the Texas High School Project) off the ground. “If it weren’t for education supporters like Florence Shapiro,” says Educate Texas executive director John Fitzpatrick, “the Early College High Schools and Teacher Effectiveness programs would not exist today.”

A Dallas native, Senator Shapiro holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to chairing the Senate Education Committee, she also serves on the Senate committees on Finance, Transportation and Homeland Security, and Administration.

“Being involved with Communities Foundation of Texas allows me to instill a philanthropic spirit that will be passed down to my children and grandchildren. I am honored to become a member of a community based group of trustees whose vision makes Texas better every day.”

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