"Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life."
The Texas Public Policy Foundation, along with the Libre Initiative, held an event this afternoon: School Choice and the Hispanic Community. Ironically, the event was held on the same day that the Texas House is going to take up an anti-School Choice budget amendment. The event below.
Michael Barba (TPPF):
- Gaps between Hispanic and White students haven't changed in 20 years.
- Hispanics drop out at three times the rate of White Students.
- I can side against parents having options because I had options.
- School Choice is a means, not an end.
- Fantastic hearing last Thursday.
- Takes a shot at the failures of the Ways and Means committee.
- Traditional public, homeschool, Charter schools, Virtual schools, and private are the five models.
- Parents and Students are customers.
- Your ability to take your business elsewhere "drives innovation."
- We should give public schools a premium.
- Author's Note: We don't particularly agree, but we're willing to make the concession if it'll move a bill.
- Parents know best.
- "It's not the government's decision."
- We don't discriminate based on demographics, we discriminate via Zip Code.
- School choice will not happen until the Latino community leads.
- It's an issue of school quality, not poverty.
- Middle class kids aren't doing great.\
- Texas has very low proficiency standards.
- Less than 1/3rd of students at one high income school in Coppell.
- All parents should be concerned about school quality.
- His charter school district has a 1500+ waiting list.
- Florida is expanding school choice; Texas has barely started.
- School choice rally last Friday in Brownsville.
- Events in San Antonio and Dallas coming up.
- Libre in Seven states.
- School choice is a Hispanic issue.
- Other Hispanic orgs aren't doing the legwork.
- Within public schools, you have to have parental involvement.
- Intense positive character education.
- Life is not meant to to be complicated.
- A lot of rural legislators are afraid of educrats.
- We've never made the case to Republican voters about how school choice benefits them personally; we always present it as an altruistic thing to help someone else.