Texas leaders respond to op-ed arguing school choice benefits minority communities: 'The only solution'

The current education system disproportionately affects minorities and disadvantaged children, she argued, noting the issue was exacerbated by the COVID-19 大流行. Many of those students, 她说, 有 “slipped through the cracks and been assigned to schools that have been failing for decades.

As a Hispanic school choice advocate and parent myself, I understand why families, now more than ever, are asking for access to educational freedom,” Gurr, the director of external affairs for the American Federation for Children, 写. “All one has to do is watch the news to see the frightening statistics. The COVID-19 pandemic worsened both academic and non-academic difficulties that Latino students already experienced, particularly for those growing up in low-income homes. Reports show that many students were forced to drop out of school to help support their families, and those who remained in school lacked access to technology and other necessary resources.

She suggested that Education Savings Accounts and tax-credit scholarships are a good start to help turn the tide and start ushering in an era of educational freedom.

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德克萨斯州政府. 格雷格·雅培, [R., shared the piece on Twitter, while several other leaders pledged to heed Gurr’s counsel.

Some Texas legislators agreed with the governor on the merits of school choice.

@GovAbbott nails it. Who will the Texas Legislature listen to? Parents with kids in failed schools want us to listen. Parental Choice is the only solution,” 国家代表. Steve Toth wrote.

“政府 @GregAbbott_TX is right! Latinos want #SchoolChoice, 和 #法律法规 should listen. Also…9 out of 10 GOP TX voters and nearly every parent who wants to educate their child how they see fit support it too. We must finally lead on education freedom next session. #txed,” Texas State Rep. Brian Harrison tweeted.

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I will seek to eliminate truancy laws and other barriers to school choice, and support competition in education, in accordance with community standards. I believe that parents/guardians should have the authority to decide where and how their children are educated,” Mark Tippetts, Libertarian Candidate For Texas Governor, 说过.

Abbott voiced support for a school voucher proposal in May that would allow students to use government funding to attend private or charter schools. School choice proponents cheered his speech, 而 his Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke accused him of trying todefund” 公立学校.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a press conference about the mass shooting at Uvalde High School on May 27, 2022, (乌瓦尔德), 德州.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a press conference about the mass shooting at Uvalde High School on May 27, 2022, (乌瓦尔德), 德州. (Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu 机构通过 Getty Images 拍摄)

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The school choice movement has appeared to grow in popularity in other states in recent weeks. The Arizona Legislature was heralded for passing legislation enact the most expansive education savings account program in the U.S., offering universal school choice to 1.1 million students. The program provides parents with scholarships to cover educational expenses such as private school tuition, online education, education therapies, tutoring, 等等. Supporters have referred to it as the “黄金标准” of educational freedom.

在这个十二月. 2, 2020, 档案照片, 亚利桑那州政府. Doug Ducey speaks at a press conference in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. 富兰克林, 泳池)

在这个十二月. 2, 2020, 档案照片, 亚利桑那州政府. Doug Ducey speaks at a press conference in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. 富兰克林, 泳池) (AP Photo/Ross D. 富兰克林, 泳池, 文件)

Polling from RealClear Opinion Research in June found that a majority support school choice (74% 对比. 16% 反对的) 而 10% are unsure. Broken down by party lines, 83% of Republicans, 69% of Independents, 和 70% of Democrats said they strongly or somewhat support school choice.

As leaders in a state that does not provide scholarships for students to attend private schools, Texas legislators should view the strong support for school choice as a wake-up call,” Gurr wrote. “They should move to release the stranglehold on education for the next generation, considering Hispanics represent more than 52 percent of the 5.5 million students enrolled in public schools in the state during the 2019-20 school year.

“多年, Hispanics have been asking for a seat at the table, and that time has come,” 她继续. “As a growing political power, Latinos are equipped not only to vote for leaders who empower parents and families, but also to become the educational leaders our community yearns for.

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