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Saturday, July 16, 2005

EDUCATION BILLS WOULD WRECK OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS!

Compliments of the Texas Freedom Network. -Angela
SPECIAL SESSION ACTION ALERT
EDUCATION BILLS WOULD WRECK OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS!
With the special session in its last days, lawmakers are almost out of time to fix school finance and make sure Texas kids attend top-notch schools. But all we are seeing from the Capitol is smoke and mirrors. In the name of “reform,” legislative leaders are cobbling together compromise bills that threaten our kids’ education by:


turning over hundreds of public schools to failed private, for-profit education companies like Edison Schools, Inc.;




eliminating quality education standards for some schools; and




greatly expanding a troubled charter school system that has already wasted millions of taxpayer dollars and failed students across the state.



TAKE ACTION! TEXAS CAN DO BETTER!
Call your legislators today and tell them to vote NO on the conference committee bill, H.B. 2. Find contact information for your legislators here.

Texas can do better! Lawmakers should take the oath: “Do no harm!” They should either pass good, honest reforms or go home. Texas can’t afford bad legislation that raises taxes for most Texans while cutting them for the wealthiest, still leaves public schools short of the money they need and includes bad public policies that undermine our kids’ education. This isn’t “reform” – it’s a disaster.

(NOTE: The defeat of H.B. 2 would not threaten the opening of schools in August. State leaders still have the authority to fund schools this fall.)
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