Texas Attorney General Fights Liberal Politics in Texas Schools As Laura Ingraham might say, “Shut up, and teach.”

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By Lynn Woolley

The least-known scandal in local politics involves governmental entities using taxpayer money to lobby taxpayers for more money. Essentially this is what Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is fighting when he sent cease-and-desist letters to three Texas ISD’s.

The districts are part of a lobbying effort called “Texas Educators Vote.” 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (Dallas Morning News)

The idea is for schools to mobilize, and get teachers and administrators to go to the polls en masse to vote for candidates that would support more money for schools – in other words, Democrats.

Educrats want higher taxes, or at least tax money taken from other programs to be funneled into the schools.

Paxton says they cannot engage in such obvious partisan politics.

The State Democrat Party is all for the get-out-the-vote effort, and has accused Paxton of voter suppression – which is a common Democrat tactic.

As usual, a driving force behind this is the corrupt Texas Association of School Boards.

TASB HQ in Austin

The TASB is anti-taxpayer and anti-parents.

It wants what it wants, and right now, it wants more money and less competition. It is one of those left-wing organizations that always thinks it knows best – and anyone that gets in its way is ignorant and ill-informed.

In this case the TASB is joined by the Texas Retired Teachers Association – and Laura Yeager, the founder of Texas Educators Vote.

On the other side is State Senator Paul Bettencourt, a Houston Republican, who took the issue to Paxton is December. 

July 25, 2017, file photo of State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, speaking during debate in the Senate Chamber in Austin. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Paxton then issued his opinion saying that school districts are not allowed to provide transportation to the polls without some type of educational purpose. And he called out officials in three districts for unlawful electioneering.

The districts are Brazosport ISD, Holliday ISD, and suburban Dallas district Lewisville ISD. Each of the school boards has approved a “Culture of Voting” resolution recommended by Texas Educators Vote.

Remember, we provide these people with our tax money – in larger sums than any other taxing entity gets, and trust them to teach our children. Most people – not Democrats – expect that tax money to be used for education and not for politics.

The Lewisville ISD issued a statement:

“Lewisville ISD believes a culture of voting is vital to the future of our state and country. The right to freely elect leaders is the very definition of American Freedom and we are asking students and staff to vote and understand the impact a legislator may have on their daily lives. The district respectfully disagrees with the Office of the Attorney General in this matter.”

A culture of voting is a fine thing – and the Lewisville ISD should impart that to its students in a politically neutral manner. Presumably, the staff of the ISD are grown adults who can decide to vote if they see fit. Using taxpayer money to influence voting in ant matter should result in jail time for any official that is paid with public funds.

But — isn’t it OK since the “Culture of Voting” project is non-partisan?

Schools are NEVER non-partisan. Like libraries, they have taken sides, and did so long ago. Even the left-wing Associated Press news service admits it in an article by Will Weissert:

“Teacher unions and education groups usually support Democrats. Some this cycle also have backed a Republican primary challenger to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick who wants to increase public education spending while opposing voucher programs that Patrick supports seeking to allow students to attend private schools with taxpayer funding.”

In other words, they may be Democrats, but they’re ecumenical enough to support a Republican that agrees with their two big issues:

• More funding. (Channeling more tax money to schools.)
• Opposing vouchers. (Eliminating competition.)

It is NOT the mission of public schools to make political decisions.

They should be teaching children the basics like math and science and some life lessons like character and money management. They should work with the money they are allocated. They should have NO SAY over whether parents want to spend their tax money on charter schools or private schools.

They are totally out of control and have become a hardened special interest group that works far more for adults in their system than for the people they are supposed to serve.

ISD’s and their politics.

• Lewisville ISD, as mentioned above, openly disagrees with the State AG’s office instead of simply implementing its rulings as most agencies do.
• Lewisville ISD Superintendent Kevin Rogers appeared in a get-out-the-vote video to urge the election of “pro-education legislators.”
• Holliday ISD issued tweets in support of Joe Straus, the outgoing Texas House Speaker that many conservatives Republicans opposed.
• Brazosport ISD Superintendent Danny Massey openly endorsed Scott Milder in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor.
• Temple ISD reviewed the lobbying efforts of the TASB (of which ALL school districts in the state are members) including its efforts to separate taxpayers form more of their money to give to schools, and efforts to stop vouchers and oppose additional funds for charter schools.
• Temple ISD has not joined Texas Educators Vote, although neighboring Belton ISD has.

What do we pay these people for?

As Laura Ingraham might say, “Shut up, and teach.” In private business, you can’t work to elect people to state offices that will give you more direct taxpayer dollars and shut down your competitors. But schools can. And do.

They do it on your time, and with your dollars.


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