Texas GOP Platform: Defund Education Across the Board

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Since Texas Republicans already plan to cut out science curriculum, sex education, and any other courses that aren't “school subjects with emphasis on Judeo-Christian principles,” why not just cut funding to schools across the board?

Texas public schools have already pursued legal action to fight back against severe, devastating funding cuts that Greg Abbott continues to defend.

Nonetheless, the Texas Republican Party Platform clearly states that this trend will continue if the GOP gets its way:

“Since data is clear that additional money does not translate into educational achievement, and higher education costs are out of control, we support reducing taxpayer funding to all levels of educational institutions.” – 2014 Texas GOP Platform, Section 5-10.

Ensuring high-quality public education should be a matter of first priority. More than five million Texans attend public school, often in overcrowded classrooms with limited resources. Meanwhile, the Texas Republican Party seeks to cut funds to already struggling school districts.

Unsurprisingly, the party's ridiculous recommendations for Texas education don't stop there. The platform takes a firm stance against diversity in higher education, “controversial theories” like evidence-based science, and providing educational opportunities to non-US citizens.

And the insanity doesn't stop there.

Section 3-6:

We support objective teaching and equal treatment of all sides of scientific theories [so, presumably science teachers will be discussing the plausibility of gravity not existing]. We believe theories such as life origins and environmental change should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced.

Section 3-13:

We oppose the use of quotas, diversity, and the ten percent rule. We support Texas college admissions based solely on merit.

Section 3-25:

We encourage the Governor and the Texas Legislature to enact child-centered school funding options which fund the student, not schools or districts, to allow for maximum freedom of choice in public, private, or parochial education for all children.

Section 3-26:

We urge legislators to prohibit reproductive health care services, including counseling, referrals, and distribution of condoms and contraception through public schools.

Section 3-28:

We oppose any sex education other than biology of reproduction and abstinence until marriage.

Section 3-33:

We support school subjects with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian principles upon which America was founded and which form the basis of America's legal, political and economic systems.

Section 3-35:

Since education is not an enumerated power of the federal government, we believe the Department of Education (DOE) should be abolished and prohibit the transfer of any of its functions to any other fedeal agency.

What do Texas teachers think? Do any public school teachers actually think this platform encourages responsible policymaking? I would like to hear from them.


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Natalie San Luis

Natalie is a native Texan, a feminist, and a writer, focusing on reproductive justice, race, and pop culture. When she's not writing (and sometimes when she is), she's brewing beer, drinking beer, and reading stuff on the Internet. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, xoJane, The Billfold, Culturemap, and E3W Review of Books. She tweets from @nsanluis.

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