Equity Center Award Winners

Champion for Children

Our Champion for Children award is given to honor those public officials whose substantial contributions on behalf of the children of Texas have earned them our deepest respect and admiration. This award is generally presented after a regular legislative session.

83rd Legislature (2013-14) 
The Honorable Jimmie Don Aycock
The Honorable John Otto
The Honorable Jim Pitts
The Honorable Tommy Williams

82nd Legislature (2011-12)
The Honorable Wendy Davis
The Honorable Eddie Lucio, Jr.
The Honorable Kel Seliger

81st Legislature (2009-2010)  
The Honorable Robert Nichols

80th Legislature (2007-2008)

79th Legislature (2005-2006) 
The Honorable Leticia Van de Putte

78th Legislature (2003-2004)


Champion of Equity

Our Champion of Equity award is given to honor those whose contributions to equity and adequacy in public school finance in Texas has been so important and far-reaching as to place them among those great Texans who have earned our gratitude and respect.

2015
Richard Gray IV, Gray & Becker
Toni Hunter, Gray & Becker

2014
No Award Presented

2013
Richard Gray III, Gray & Becker

2012
No Award Presented

2011
Dick Lavine, Center for Public Policy Priorities

2010
Dr. Catherine Clark, Texas Association of School Boards

2009
Dr. Albert Cortez, IDRA
Demetrio P. Rodriguez - Original Plaintiff in Rodriguez v. San Antonio (1968)

2008
Robert Damron, Equity Center Past President

2007
The Honorable Carter Casteel, former State Representative

2006 
Joe Ross

2005
Martin Pena, South Texas Association of Schools

2004 
The Honorable Bill Ratliff, Lieutenant Governor

2003
The Honorable Scott McCown, former State District Judge
The Honorable Wayne Peveto

2002
Dr. John Horn
Jim Shear
Stan Schlueter, The Schlueter Group

2001 
Craig Foster, former Executive Director of the Equity Center
Joe Smith, Texas ISD

2000 
Jim Coulston
Albert Kauffman, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)
Randall Buck Wood, Ray & Wood

1999 
The Honorable Bob Bullock, Lieutenant Governor
110 Alvarado Plaintiff Intervenors
Anthony Trujillo

1998 
The Honorable Paul Colbert, former State Representative
Bill Chapman
Bruce Wood

1997
The Honorable Harley Clark, former State District Judge
The Honorable Oscar Mauzy
The Honorable Lloyd Doggett

1996 
Dr. Jose A. Cardenas, IDRA
Dr. Rodney Cathey
Jimmy Vasquez

1995
Richard Hooker
Richard Kirkpatrick
Billy D. Walker

1994
Bill Grusendorf Executive Director, Texas Association of Rural Schools