Abbott Holds Second 'Courtroom not Classroom' Roundtable

Abbott Holds Second 'Courtroom not Classroom' Roundtable
State of Texas
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:16am

Greg Abbott will be in San Antonio today where he will hold his second “courtroom not classroom” roundtable.

Today’s visit comes after Abbott’s defense of public education cuts in court, and on the heels of an official campaign event he held with a controversial policy advisor who advocated to abolish direct funding of public schools.

“Not only did Greg Abbott go up against hundreds of Texas school districts in court, his support of school vouchers would drain even more resources from our neighborhood schools,” said Senator Wendy Davis.

“In the Senate, I filibustered against over $5 billion in unconstitutional budget cuts to our public schools. As Governor I will make sure our schools are a priority. Greg Abbott’s actions in the courtroom and support of school vouchers put Texas’ future at risk.”

On Monday, Greg Abbott’s official campaign hosted an online policy discussion with Merrill Matthews Jr., a policy advisor who has advocated abolishing direct funding of public schools and replacing that funding with vouchers.

After the state inadequately funded Texas schools, Greg Abbott defended the cuts in court against more than 600 school districts in the state including 12 school districts in the San Antonio area.

Seventy five percent of Texas’ five million public school children attend the more than 600 school districts.

At an education roundtable in Plano last week, Greg Abbott said he was just doing his job by defending public school budget cuts against school districts’ lawsuit.

The following San Antonio area school districts signed on the lawsuit: Alamo Heights ISD; East Central ISD; Edgewood ISD; Harlandale ISD; Judson ISD; North East ISD; Northside ISD; San Antonio ISD; Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD; South San Antonio ISD; Southwest ISD; and Southside ISD.

According to the Texas Tribune, these school districts combined have lost the equivalent of nearly 650 full time teachers.

In 2011, Senator Davis fought against a budget that stripped $5.4 billion from public schools.

During the last legislative session Sen. Davis continued to fight until budget writers increased public education funding by $3.4 billion.

While Senator Davis has a record of fighting for public schools, Greg Abbott’s only record is defending unconstitutional budget cuts in the courtroom.

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