Leighton grew up attending public schools. A graduate of Snook High School and Texas A&M University, he understands the importance of a strong, publicly funded education system, from kindergarten through graduate school. Leighton understands the importance of having a strong, educated workforce. He strongly supported the 2015-2016 budget that pays for an increase of roughly 80,000 students per year in the state’s overall public school enrollment, along with carving out an additional $1.5 billion for public education.
Leighton’s commitment to education in Texas was sharply challenged in the last legislative session. After only a matter of weeks from taking office, Leighton led the fight to defeat House Bill 1903, which would have had a disastrous effect on the Blinn College System.
Using a complicated funding formula, this bill would have tied funding for Blinn to contact hours, effectively killing two of the three Blinn campuses in House District 13.
Leighton worked hard to make sure the State’s budget takes a long range view: it funds $240 million in capital projects for higher education institutions, ensuring that Texas universities and colleges will have the resources necessary to remain worldwide leaders in their various fields for years to come.