H.R. No. 691
         WHEREAS, Since 1950, the Freemasons of the Grand Lodge of
  Texas have designated a week in March to pay tribute to our public
  school system; and
         WHEREAS, Many of the state's earliest leaders were Masons who
  led the movement for public education; these included Stephen F.
  Austin and Mirabeau B. Lamar, nicknamed the "Father of Texas
  Education" for successfully advocating for a permanent endowment to
  support public education; thanks to his efforts, such a fund
  continues to supplement the education budget today; and
         WHEREAS, In addition to their influence in shaping policy,
  Freemasons also established schools across Texas, often opening the
  doors of their lodges to any person with a desire for learning; they
  championed access to education for all at a crucial point in Texas
  history, and that dedication to public schools has remained an
  important focus of the organization; current members contribute to
  their communities by recognizing teachers with awards and providing
  scholarships to deserving students; and
         WHEREAS, Texas public schools prepare a diverse student
  population for the unique challenges of the 21st century, and the
  success of these institutions relies on the hard work and
  cooperation of numerous professionals and volunteers alike; and
         WHEREAS, A quality education is vital to the prosperity of
  individuals, families, communities, and the entire state, and it is
  indeed appropriate to pause and acknowledge the contributions of
  public schools to the Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize March 4 through 8, 2013, as Public
  Schools Week and encourage all Texans to express their appreciation
  for the invaluable work of these public institutions.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 691 was adopted by the House on March
  13, 2013, by a non-record vote.
  Chief Clerk of the House