LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Webb County Democratic Party stands against Abbott’s private voucher scheme
On Wednesday, September 27, the Webb County Democratic Party, which consists of elected leaders from 78 voting precincts across Webb County, took a strong public stance against Greg Abbott’s private voucher scheme that would redistribute tax dollars from hard working families to line the pockets of ultra-wealthy Republican campaign donors, and in so doing destroy rural economies by defunding public schools.
Let us be crystal clear about our position: Webb County Democratic Party leaders have issued an unequivocal statement in opposition to the private school vouchers schemes being pushed by Abbott, Patrick, and Cancun Cruz in the upcoming special session of the Texas Legislature that Abbott will soon call in October.
We expect Democratic legislators to fight for our values, our platform, our public schools, our teachers and our students…and the only way that Texas Democratic legislators can fight for our schools, students and teachers is by fighting back against this money grab and by voting against any voucher bill proposed in the Texas House or Senate during the special session.
The Texas Constitution is also crystal clear. Texas is meant to have free public schools for every single child. The Abbott voucher scheme would, in effect, de-fund public schools for urban and rural school districts and would redistribute already scarce public funding to pay for lavish private schools, with no public accountability for taxpayer dollars.
In no uncertain terms, our Texas Democratic Platform echoes the importance of free, quality public education, fighting for teachers, and making our schools safer. Greg Abbott and his cronies are working overtime, spending millions of dollars to feed lies to hardworking Texans across our state, but Texans are too smart for this BS! I am proud of our Webb County Democratic Executive Committee for taking strong, swift action to fight back against the scourge of school vouchers.
And I appeal, as well, to all who value and cherish our public school system to also stand up and be counted. Let our legislators know that we will not accept Greg Abbott’s voucher scheme!
Sylvia Bruni County Chair Webb County Democratic Party