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Land Commissioner ‘well matched’ by Austin third graders

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Contact: Jim Suydam
PRESS RELEASE — Apr 17, 2013

AUSTIN — A statewide elected official was impressed by the level of political knowledge expressed by an Austin third grade class on Monday.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson visited the third graders of Grandview Hills Elementary School in West Austin on Monday to discuss the differences between monarchy and representative government, the three branches of government, and how good government exists to serve the People.

Patterson, whose children attend the Leander ISD school, gave a brief overview on the role of the state level in the federal system as well as the duties of the Texas General Land Office.

“I was well matched by the third graders,” Patterson said. “When I asked a question, hands immediately went up. There wasn’t a question they didn’t already know the answer to.”

Commissioner Jerry Patterson at Grandview Elementary
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson (standing) answers questions from an inquisitive bunch of students in West Austin. Patterson gave a presentation on how government works to the third grade class of Grandview Hills Elementary School on Monday. (Photo credit: Texas General Land Office)

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