Texas Parent PAC
A bipartisan political action committee for parents, grandparents, parents-to-be, and anyone who supports high quality public education
The Right Legislator Makes ALL the Difference
Please see below an editorial former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus wrote for the Dallas Morning News. It eloquently reminds all of us why it is important to vote this primary election for candidates who support public education.
Texas Parent PAC’s Board is currently interviewing candidates to identify those in open seats whom we believe will lift up our educators, value our students and their families, and recognize that the state of Texas will continue to be great only if our public education system is appropriately funded and protected against private interference. Our list of those candidates will be published soon. In the meanwhile, please consider making a donation to support these candidates via PAC donations. As always, we are grateful to those of you who have recently contributed to our PAC.
Concerned about public education? Vote, starting with the primaries
By Speaker Joe Straus
Like every election year, 2022 provides an opportunity for Texans to show what priorities we value most. Every seat in the Texas Legislature and nearly every major state office will be on the ballot, and the question of how best to support and improve our public schools must be at the center of our political discourse.
Our commitment to public education will go a long way in determining not only the opportunities available to students, but also the long-term durability of our economy. Investments in public education are investments in our future. That is why Texans who value the work of our schools and our teachers must actively participate in the political process throughout 2022.
Public education is not a partisan issue. Both major political parties will hold their primaries in March, and voters have an obligation to participate in those primaries and support the candidates most committed to providing a quality education for all students. After all, it is often the March primaries that determine who will hold a local seat in the Legislature. If you’re concerned about public schools, support the pro-education candidates in March and again in the November general election.
Voting is critical, but it is not the only way we can help our schools. From the sudden shift to virtual learning at the start of the pandemic, to the challenges of keeping students and families connected to school while maintaining safety measures, educators have faced some very difficult decisions in recent years. . Before the pandemic hit, the number of new teachers entering the profession in Texas was down 27% from five years earlier, according to information from the Texas Education Agency.
Now schools also face a shortage of substitute teachers, bus drivers, crossing guards and other key personnel who make campuses work. Meanwhile, students are still grappling with the academic and mental health impact of class time the pandemic has cost them.
This is a time when our schools need our help and we shouldn’t be ashamed to offer it. Schools need parents and other community members with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to get involved, whether it’s serving on a campus committee or contributing to the foundations of education that supplement school funding or running for the local school board. .
We can all start by expressing our gratitude to educators; Too often in the past year, they have been caught in the crossfire of political battles that have little to do with how well schools prepare students for the future. These professionals need to hear more from those of us who truly appreciate their work and understand that they were drawn to their calling by a desire to serve students.
No school is perfect, and we should all hold our schools and educators to high standards. After all, our future depends on your work. However, the conversation about education should take on a more collaborative and constructive tone in this new year.
Let’s give the schools a bit of grace, thank educators for the work they are doing, and acknowledge the challenges they have overcome. So, let’s get out there and make sure we have elected officials in Texas who recognize those challenges, too.
Joe Straus was Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives from 2009 to 2019. He is Chairman of the Texas Forever Forward Political Action Committee. He wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News.
If you have comments or questions about races in your community, please do not hesitate to contact Texas Parent PAC at firstname.lastname@example.org. We rely on your donations and your knowledge to keep public education at the top of candidates’ issues list. And, as always, the Board is grateful for your support.
A Pro-Public School PAC
The Texas Parent PAC is a statewide group and has a track record of success, helping elect more than 85 legislators over the last fifteen years, a large number of whom currently serve at the Texas Capitol.
Endorsed candidates reflect traditional mainstream American values that honor and support children and their families, quality public education, strong communities, unlimited opportunities, and maximum citizen participation in our democracy.