The Texas attorney general has issued an opinion in response to a request from a state senator on the legality of Texas public schools using taxpayer time and resources to electioneer in the upcoming Republican primary.
The controversial measure that has been adopted by many public school boards is reminiscent of the methods of organizing and providing transportation to the polls used by unions.
In this instance, the schools are discussing providing transportation for students and employees eligible to vote. Public education groups appear prepared to move forward with their plans in spite of the attorney general’s opinion, which is non-binding.
Straus Urging Public School Educators to Run for Office
State House Speaker Joe Straus (who has announced he will not seek re-election and was censured by the Republican Party of Texas) recently has called on public school educators to run for the Texas legislature against conservative Republicans who support school reform measures and educational choice. Straus was in open conflict with Governor Abbott during the legislative session and even referred to Governor Abbott’s list of priorities for legislation in the special session as “horse manure.”
Straus was the main obstacle to the passage of education reform in 2017 and with his retirement this year, the possibility of substantial reform in 2019 is now on the horizon.
Democrats to Vote in Republican Primaries?
Many from the education lobby are now calling for Democratic voters among their ranks to vote in the Republican primary instead in order to defeat conservative candidates.
One statewide elected official has said that he has never seen such an effort by public education lobby groups.
Homeschool Votes Can Determine the Election
Another official said that homeschoolers are the best-organized and the most active private school community in the state and that a high turnout of homeschoolers in the Republican primary could thwart the effort of the public school lobby to defeat conservative legislators in March’s primary.
Homeschoolers have a huge effect in the Republican primary election. Homeschoolers can literally determine the outcome of the election.
With a traditionally low total voter turnout in the primary, it is critical for homeschoolers to turnout and vote in favor of homeschool-friendly candidates.
For a list of candidates in your area who have been vetted and endorsed by THSC as strong homeschool supporters, visit THSC.org/Endorsements.
We believe that homeschooling is the best education model for children and that families have the God-given right to raise their children as they see fit. We believe in Keeping Texas Families Free.
Join us in standing for freedom by voting for homeschool-friendly candidates!