Robin Hood is a Fairy Tale
Steal from the rich; give to the poor. If you remember the story, the “rich” were mean, and the “poor” were nice. Who wouldn’t take from mean people to give to nice people?
Unfortunately, Robin Hood is also how many describe paying for K-12 education in Texas, which is 25% of our entire state budget. While our politicians may live in a fairy tale, the rest of us live in reality. And, the reality is our kids are getting the 43rd ranked education in the country. Not acceptable.
It starts with the money. Today, we pay for our schools using an algorithm that no one understands. Let’s simplify it. Let’s do it fairly, understanding that kids under the poverty line or with disabilities need extra help. We don’t need another “blue ribbon” commission with politicians and political appointees to tip-toe around school finance. I’ll ask a civic leader committed to our state to lead a panel to research and determine the best path forward. Someone our Legislature will be proud to listen to.
Let’s take the politics out of this issue, and bring the smartest education, business, and non-profit leaders together, so we can make real progress.
If elected Governor:
- I’ll invest in public district and charter schools, not voucher programs.
- I’ll build strong pre-K programs to improve graduation rates.
- I’ll get serious about vocational training in high school for skilled trades, software programming and engineering.
- I’ll support high-quality teacher training.
- I'll fulfill our state's promise to retired teachers by supporting a real cost of living adjustment.
- And, I’ll start paying our teachers like the professionals they are with a $5,000 compensation or tuition reimbursement opportunity. Better pay. Better teachers. And, that makes smarter kids.
Where does the money come from? I’ll pay for it by closing a $5 billion property tax loophole that mainly benefits out-of-state commercial property owners. Click here to learn more about that. Gov. Abbott has ignored our schools long enough. I won’t.
Complicated issues need real leaders, not politicians. Leaders who value education over re-election. For me, education is a right, a top priority, worth the investment and starts with great teachers. We need leaders willing to do right and risk the consequences.