Texas Republicans want to take $500 million from public school funds to give it to private schools. Stop defunding education.
Texas ranks 38th in spending per student and 28th in average teacher salary. Legislators opposing the school choice efforts have stressed the state's lackluster national rankings to argue for the need to prioritize public school funding rather than creating a system to allow more families to go into private schooling. - ABC News
Which Public Schools could be devastated in Greg Abbott's scheme? Who are the elected reps for those districts? How can you contact your Republican rep to demand they stop their war on public education? Start with this interactive map.
Hold politicians accountable
How do you help people understand how political decisions will impact them? Gut their local public schools? Cut the pay for teachers?
It starts with helping them easily connect the schools in their district and their political rep. And how to easily contact their political rep. This interactive map has two layers which overlaps the local public schools and the state legislative district. One click and you are calling your rep to ask why they want to gut public schools. Hold them accountable!
Diverting needed government funds for public education
Critics also say that school choice programs divert needed government funds for public education and that the programs can weaken important institutions that have a relatively high degree of public oversight, though initiatives like charter schools are also regulated by the state.
Detractors can cross party lines: Along with Democrats, rural Republican legislators in Texas blocked the summer's school choice legislative attempts. West said rural Republicans have long been a school choice "stumbling block." He said that these populations have a lack of private school offerings in their area, which makes such programs seem unbeneficial. "They also tend to be to see themselves as defenders of their public-school systems, which are often important community hubs in rural regions and are also often one of the biggest employers," he said. - ABC News
TakeAway: Stop the Republican war on public education. Vote for Democrats.
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