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Texas Attorney Offers Cold Hard Facts: Underfunding Creates Conditions that Contribute to School Shootings

May 31, 2018

In an op ed that appears in today’s TribTalk section of the Texas Tribune, attorney George S. Christian presents some cold hard facts on school funding and funding for health care that should give pause to his fellow Texans. In the op ed Mr. Christian cites the following factors that contribute to schools NOT being the “safe and nurturing places they should be”:

  • Declining state financial support of public schools has seriously undermined their ability to provide adequate counseling to students and school employees.
  • (Y)ears of state budget cuts have adversely affected our ability to identify and treat people with mental illnesses
  • Underfunding of public schools: “We cannot hope to sustain the Texas Miracle and build a peaceful, open and secure society free of fear if we do not possess a first-class and well-financed K-16 education system.”
  • Underfunding of teacher salaries: “If we want high-quality professional work, and most agree that we do, we have to pay a professional rate for it.”
  • (A) depressingly high rate of poverty, well above the national average, with even higher rates for children.

Mr. Christian elaborates on each of these points, and concludes with this, which echoes the title of his op ed piece, which is “Safety in Public Schools Shouldn’t Be A Partisan Concern”:

Churchill knew that if you don’t give people the hard facts, they won’t understand what job has to be done. Let’s face the hard facts together, and together surmount them. Let’s turn away from the divisive political discourse that pits Texan against Texan, group against group, party against party, the state against local communities, and change the political discourse. Elections matter, but people matter much more.

But here’s a hard fact Mr. Christian overlooks: it’s POSSIBLE that for some politicians elections matter a lot more than children, and for some voters low taxes matter more than anything… and in both cases selfishness overrules altruism.

 

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