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Texas State Teachers Association Endorses Wendy Davis for Governor


by: Shelby Alexander

Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 02:04 PM CST



To further solidify the fact that Wendy Davis is the best candidate for public education, the Texas State Teacher's Association came out today to officially endorse her for governor. Texas' major teachers organizations have come out strong for Wendy Davis-- the TSTA joins Texas AFT, the Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, in supporting Wendy Davis.

"TSTA is proud to endorse Senator Wendy Davis for governor because she has worked tirelessly in the Senate on behalf of students, parents and teachers to give every Texas child the opportunity to succeed," said TSTA President Rita Haecker. "Too many candidates give education lip service, but when others defended cuts that harmed our neighborhood schools, Wendy Davis fought successfully to restore funding for our schools."

The TSTA and Texas AFT tout over 68,000 and 65,000 members of public school teachers and school related personnel, respectively. Both organizations have stood as powerhouses locally and in the legislature to ensure quality education for its students and dignity for those who provide it.

While Greg Abbott has remained silent on whether he would support restoring any more of the $5.4 billion in education cuts from 2011, Wendy Davis has a consistent record of standing up for equitable school financing, and has a strong platform detailing how to help Texas students succeed.

Read what TSTA and Wendy Davis' campaign has to say about the endorsements below the jump.

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The outpour of support from Texas teachers shows that they are tired of Republicans cutting essential funding from public schools and refusing to recognize the importance of education in their statewide platform. As noted before, education is so low on his priority list that Greg Abbott doesn't even have it listed as a prominent issue on his website.

On the campaign trail, Republicans have shown consistently that they are out of touch with the obstacles Texas teachers face. Lt. Governor David Dewhurst revealed this in his comments by stating teachers are paid a "very fair salary," despite Texas teachers making some of the lowest-paid in the country, taking home an average of $48,100 annually which is more than $8,000 below the national average. Republicans are content with their inaction-- Wendy Davis and Democrats down the ballot are serious about making education work for all Texans.

The TSTA and the Davis campaign's press release on their endorsement is below:


TSTA Endorses Wendy Davis, the Education Candidate for Governor

The Texas State Teachers Association today announced its endorsement of Wendy Davis for governor.

"TSTA is proud to endorse Senator Wendy Davis for governor because she has worked tirelessly in the Senate on behalf of students, parents and teachers to give every Texas child the opportunity to succeed," said TSTA President Rita Haecker. "Too many candidates give education lip service, but when others defended cuts that harmed our neighborhood schools, Wendy Davis fought successfully to restore funding for our schools."

Haecker noted that this week Davis' opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, sent his assistants back to a courtroom to defend an unconstitutional school finance system from which the legislative majority cut $5.4 billion in 2011.

Abbott supports so-called education "reforms" hatched by "experts" who haven't set foot in a classroom for years, while the school cuts continue to have serious consequences. Teachers now spend an average of $700 a year out of pocket to pay for classroom supplies, and 44 percent must take a second job during the school year, according to a study commissioned by TSTA and conducted by Sam Houston State University.

"Wendy Davis' first education policy plank recognized that we must invest in great teachers to meet the challenges facing Texas today," Haecker said. "Our public schools are essential to our Texas communities, and Wendy Davis will work with us to keep Texas proud and strong."

The Davis Record

The Education Candidate for Governor:
- Filibustered against the $5.4 billion in school budget cuts in 2011.
- Led the effort in the Senate in 2013 to restore about 80 percent of the formula funding cut in 2011.
- Worked to reduce the number of standardized tests, giving teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.
- Found money in the state budget in 2013 to provide about two-thirds of retired teachers with their first cost-of-living increase in more than a decade.
- Worked to give the Texas Education Agency the tools to make charter schools more accountable.
- Ensured quality control standards and course-load limits for virtual school operators.


Texas Teachers Endorse Wendy Davis for Governor

Fort Worth - Texas' two leading teachers associations - the Texas State Teachers Association and the Texas American Federation of Teachers - have formally endorsed Senator Wendy Davis' candidacy for Governor of Texas. Senator Davis has made education a priority in order to create good jobs that keep the Texas economy growing.

Senator Davis said, "Great teachers, great schools, and access to affordable education are essential to Texas' economic future. It's time for a governor who knows the way to attract jobs is to ensure that we open the doors of educational opportunity- not close them. Thank you to the thousands of members of Texas' two largest teachers associations for their ongoing support."

"TSTA is proud to endorse Senator Wendy Davis for Governor because she has worked tirelessly in the Senate on behalf of students, parents and teachers to give every Texas child the opportunity to succeed," said TSTA President Rita Haecker. "Too many candidates give education lip service, but when others defended cuts that harmed our neighborhood schools, Wendy Davis fought successfully to restore funding for our schools."

"Texas AFT, the Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, carefully evaluated the education records of the candidates for Governor. Senator Wendy Davis is the only candidate with a record of advocating for teachers and putting our students first," said Texas AFT President Linda Bridges. "Senator Davis courageously opposed the massive 2011 cuts that threatened our public schools and has championed greater accountability in state testing contracts. Attorney General Greg Abbott's record on education begins and ends in the courtroom, defending an inadequate and inequitable school-funding system. With Wendy Davis as the next Governor, teachers will once again have a voice in Austin."

Senator Davis has recently released two parts of her "Great Schools: Great Texas" education policy plan which focus on strengthening Texas teachers and increasing dual credit opportunities between Texas high schools and universities.
In 2011, Senator Davis fought against a budget that stripped $5.4 billion from public schools. During the last legislative session Senator 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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