Proposed School Choice Resolution
One of our smart and energetic members, Scott Bowen, has proposed the following resolution concerning our party’s longstanding commitment to school choice reforms. We encourage our membership to read it and research the issue as we will be voting on this resolution at our next meeting on Tuesday, March 28th.
- School Choice Support Resolution
- Whereas: Despite the best efforts of the dedicated faculty and staff of our community schools, the public school system of Texas still deprives thousands of students each year of a satisfactory education and the opportunity that such an education can provide; and,
- Whereas: For over sixty years, conservative economists such as Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowell have taught us all that school choice, in the form of subsidies attached to each child and directed by the parent, are the best way to ensure that each child is most closely matched to the educational option that is best for him or her; and,
- Whereas: In every instance, history shows that competition creates incredible improvements to services, choice, and cost; and,
- Whereas: Despite all of this, and despite nearly two decades of total Republican control, the Texas Legislature has failed to adopt any meaningful school choice reform; and,
- Whereas: This legislative session, the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Ted Cruz, and President Donald J. Trump have offered unprecedented support for school choice efforts; and,
- Whereas: The fact that over 32,000 Houston area children are currently on waitlists to be placed in charter schools shows that an enormous number of parents, many of whom are disadvantaged, desire an alternative option for their children that school choice efforts could offer; and,
- Whereas: The platform of the Republican Party of Texas clearly advocates for school choice:
Principle #7: Having an educated population, with parents having the freedom of choice for the education of their children.
Parental School Choice – We encourage the Governor and the Texas Legislature to enact child-centered school funding options which fund the student, not schools or districts, to allow maximum freedom of choice in public, private, or parochial education for all children.
- Be it resolved: That the Houston Young Republicans support Senate Bill 3, which would implement a system of educational savings accounts to be taken advantage of by current public school students; and,
- Be it resolved: That the Houston Young Republicans wish to express their profound disappointment with the comments of Kingwood Representative Dan Huberty, chairman of the House Public Education Committee, who agreed in an interview that school choice efforts were “dead, dead, dead” in his committee, and that the reason for this was that “your responsibility as a chairman is to protect your members from tough votes”; and,
- Be it resolved: That the Houston Young Republicans urge the State Republican Executive Committee members to adopt a resolution at their coming meeting urging the Texas Legislature to pass Senate Bill 3, or similar legislation.
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