The Nick Lampson for Congress campaign has rolled out several major endorsements this week – American Federation of Teachers, the Beaumont Police Officers Association, the Beaumont Professional Firefighters and the Texas State Teachers Association. Lampson has his career in public service as a teacher or an elected official and its important to earn the trust of those whom pledge to keep us safe and educate our children. The news follows the narrative certified by this year's Democratic National Convention – Democrats believe that supporting education is a necessary investment to grow our economy and not just another line item expense of government. It's no surprise to hear a former high school science teacher would be best equipped to understand and meet the challenges of today's schools. In 2001 he helped negotiate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization. The bill was a bipartisan effort that increased funding while giving school districts more flexibility.
Education is key to our country’s economic success in the 21st century. The right and access to a high quality public education goes to the very core of the American values of fairness, opportunity, hard work, and democracy.
Lampson also takes great pride that he represented NASA in Congress. Having recently sent a rover to Mars, NASA is a shinning example of human achievement when opportunity meets investment. In 2007 USA Today released a "Top 25 Scientific Breakthroughs” of the 25 years and 8 came directly from NASA. Lampson's opponent Randy Weber on the other hand voted for the state budget that cut $4 billion from Texas Public Education. As Weber puts it, "There is a mindset among Texans that all government is bloated at some level, and they do expect it to be cut back". Weber is a sitting member of the Public Education Committee and thus should be aware of the plight of Texas' public schools, yet during the budget debate Weber also voted against an amendment by Donna Howard (D-Austin) that would have put an additional $2 billion back into public education. Weber's original position was to support the measure calling it a "great amendment", but after a few phone calls and what was described as an "earful from opponents", he voted against the compromise at the ultimate expense of Texas' growing population of school children.