We marched on the steps of the state capitol. No. We ran on the steps of the state capitol chasing a tired toddler that had been cooped up in the car for too long. We drove to Austin for the Save Texas Schools Rally. Of my many stances, trust me, there are plenty, I am an avid, public school advocate. I believe all children have the right to a quality education as defined by Article 7 of our state constitution. I think that this new A-F system is a load of hooey. Absolute garbage. I can tell you what schools are failing. It is the schools with children that haven’t eaten enough, the schools with parents working three jobs that can’t help with after school work or participate on PTAs, the schools that are inclusive of all children regardless of disability, race, religion, socioeconomic background, etc. and heaven forbid a teacher choose to work in Title 1 like I did. They will now be punished for that decision. Hooey!
Okay, this post could go on forever and I will regale anyone left reading with more accounts of my public education advocacy in future post, but I will keep the rest focused on my husband’s bill. That’s right. My crazy, overachieving husband just decided to write a bill.
So, having a rockstar husband that you are constantly proud of has its challenges. The second we arrived at the rally, my dear husband was whisked onto stage to sit amongst the elite guest speakers.
Our darling child immediately lost it. Thankfully other children were there to distract my kid by teaching him to throw sticks. Yes, I see you officer, eyeing down my tot as he throws sticks outside the capitol building. Watching him play with the other children reminded me why we are here. We are not here to complain about politicians, although I could. We are here to ensure that every child has a shot at the American dream.
Finally my husband Michael gave his impassioned speech about his bill HB 1336
. It makes the districts record cost related to the STAAR test. Currently, TEA report only gives the monetary amount (around 90 million a year for the state of Texas) for the printing, scoring, consultant-fee, etc., but fails to account for cost related to security, teacher/substitute salaries, test prep., and so on. The numbers in fact are probably closer to 13 billion…with a B people. That is like a unicorn pooping rainbows. Something the tax payers might want to know considering it is about a quarter of the state’s budget for a test teachers cannot look at. So much for driving instruction. The crowd was so grateful for all that he is doing. The feeling was a bit overwhelming and I just hope people use this momentum to take action. Protest and demonstrations are to energize. It is what people (myself included) do from there that could truly make a difference. Time to get going. I will add links for anyone who would like to learn more or take action of their own. We can make the future brighter for our babies, but only if we make it a priority.