FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact: Jay Leeson On-Air Host, KRFE AM 580 Lubbock’s West Texas Drive (806) 543-1317 firstname.lastname@example.org REPUBLICAN TALK RADIO HOST CHALLENGES LT GOV PATRICK TO “SCHOOL CHOICE” DEBATE IN RURAL WEST TEXAS For over a year now, Texans have heard Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s attempts to diminish trust in public
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
On-Air Host, KRFE AM 580 Lubbock’s West Texas Drive
REPUBLICAN TALK RADIO HOST CHALLENGES LT GOV PATRICK TO “SCHOOL CHOICE” DEBATE IN RURAL WEST TEXAS
For over a year now, Texans have heard Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s attempts to diminish trust in public schools while reinventing “vouchers” as “school choice.” Patrick’s political calculus hasn’t added up thus far. It certainly failed in the 84th Texas Legislature.
Patrick and his frustrated voucher-supporting allies are now leveraging the Obama administration’s transgender restroom guidance, cleverly attempting to use it as a wedge to erode away at support for Texas public schools and renew another voucher disguised as “choice” debate in the 85th Legislature.
From afar, rural Texans recognize that urban centers have significant public education problems. But we also see that the vast majority of Texas children already have conventional school choice to transfer within district, even to in-district charter schools, or exercise some of America’s most progressive home school statutes.
Moreover, we see Patrick’s populist cynicism about public schools to be representative of only a slim interest group and a slim student population. He has failed to demonstrate to rural Texas, or any of West Texas, what his “school choice” initiatives would look like or how they would be beneficial to rural life. Moreover, despite all of his rhetoric, he has said nothing about how much rural Texans will be forced to pay for a Patrick “choice” they will seldom make.
Public schools are the lifeblood of rural Texas. They prepare the next generation of citizen taxpayers, they are a predominant employer, and they are the center of a community’s society. The critical issues for rural public schools, like most public schools across the state, are not Obama’s bathrooms or Patrick’s choice. Rather, they are issues like finance, assessment tests, teacher-student ratios, recapture and mineral evaluation, and region-based reforms.
Most in rural Texas scoff at the ideology latent in Obama’s guidance for our schools, as well as the assumption that we have facilities in which to install such restrooms. But to the extent that the U.S. president has misguided us, the Texas Lt. Gov. seems intent on using this misguidance to undermine us.
And in this way, a great many rural Texans may be recognizing that the greater threat comes not from the Oval Office, but from the Lt. Gov.’s Office.
Therefore, I challenge Patrick to a debate on his conception of school choice for rural Texas, as well as the state as a whole.
He may choose any public school site west of Interstate 35, so long as the site is at least 70 miles from a municipal population of 20,000 or more (the approximate distance of private school accessibility from most rural Texans).
The date and time would be determined by mutual availability with much deference to Patrick; the moderator from the Texas press pool and the format would be selected by mutual agreement.
I know a great many Texans will join me in looking forward to Lt. Gov. Patrick’s response.