She lived in a car with her mother, until her mother OD’d. She sat next to a student whose parents owned a private airplane.
He slept on friends’ couches all senior year. He sat next to a girl whose dad commanded troops in Iraq.
She was a single mom trying to make ends meet. She sat next to a girl whose parents had come to the US to start a new life. They sat next to a foreign exchange student from the Republic of Georgia. They all attended class with three debutants, two kids who lived in the projects, a teacher’s kid and a doctor’s child.
All of them, regardless of background, learned.
That’s public school, and the strength of public school is essential to our communities, states and the nation.
Today Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick presided over the kick off to “choice” week. There they embraced and championed the idea that tax dollars should be used for private education and that charter schools could somehow fix what ails public schools.
Abbott and Patrick are wrong. That did not stop them from firing the shots that could destroy a system so essential to our democracy.
The best way to guarantee strong public schools is to vote for politicians who believe in strong public schools. Abbott used to, Patrick never did.
Neither of these men faced election this year.
To contact Gov. Greg Abbott and tell him you support strong public schools not choice, click here.
To contact Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to say the same thing, click here.
To be clear, support for vouchers, tax credits or any other means of privatizing public school will kill the public school. Don’t let that happen.
And the next time Texas elections roll around, remember these men have every intention of destroying a true public school system. We can’t ignore this.