Cast Your Ballot for Texas Public Education Now!

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Why voting for pro-public education candidates in the primary elections is crucial to the future success of our public schools. Due to redistricting, the primary election has more impact on who gets to the legislature in 2013, so your vote actually matters MORE now than it will in the general election.

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Cast Your Ballot for Texas Public Education Now!

  1. 1. Cast Your Ballot forTexas Public Education Now! Why voting for pro-public education candidates in the primary elections is crucial to the future success of our public schools.
  2. 2. If you care about public education in Texas, there’s one simple thing toremember as we approach the primaries: Your vote matters!
  3. 3. How?Two big reasons:
  4. 4. 1) Your vote helps someone get electedSound obvious? It’s not. Due to redistricting, theprimary election has more impact on who gets tothe legislature in 2013, so your vote actuallymatters MORE now than it will in the generalelection.Ironically, primary elections (especially localones) usually have a very low voter turnout. Thegood news is that if you do vote, your vote willhave a lot more impact on who ends up formingpublic education policy in our state. If you don’t,someone else’s will.
  5. 5. Voting in the primaries is important Your vote in the primary is not “a symbol.” It’s a powerful political action with significant consequences. It helps determine who forms policy in our state. By waiting until the November election, you significantly decrease the value of your voice. Why vote now? Because it matters now. During the primary election on May 29 your vote could change the outcome. By November many candidates will be running unopposed, so you will only have one option. Exercise your rights and responsibilities now, or pay the price of having no options later.
  6. 6. 2) Your vote has a direct impact on policy Electing lawmakers who don’t support Texas public education has negative consequences on the public education system, whereas electing legislators who are supportive of Texas public education has positive consequences. It’s that simple. Education-related policy gets passed regardless of who gets elected to the legislature, but who makes up the legislature has a real impact on public education.
  7. 7. We need to reflect on...Whether the legislators who pass educationlaws truly represent our positions.Whether we are electing candidates whobelieve that public education requiresadequate resources to function.What constitutes a true public educationcandidate, so that we can make informeddecisions at the ballot box.
  8. 8. How do you know if your candidateagrees with you on public education Financial management: What is their plan to provide adequate funding for all Texas public schools? Human capital: How would they help schools recruit and retain highly qualified teachers? Student achievement: How do they think we can better prepare our students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed after high school graduation? Engagement: Which PTA/PTO leaders, school board members, and superintendents have they talked with to find out their legislative concerns?
  9. 9. Pro-public education legislators accomplish great thingsEarly Childhood: In 2009, legislators passed an increase of $25million for the Early Start Grant Program. This program providedschool districts with funds to expand their pre-k program from ahalf day to a full day for low-income, military and fosterchildren.AP Incentive Program: Success in AP classes is tied directly tostudents enrolling in college and successfully completing a degree.Recognizing that, the legislature appropriated $28 million in 2009 toincentivize more schools to offer AP courses and to cover costs of APexam fees for Texas high school students. As a result we’ve seen APprograms flourish in parts of the state with many low-income families.
  10. 10. But because there were people inoffice in 2011 that did not prioritize public education, we ended upcutting $5.4 billion from the public education budget, including: Technology allotment $271M Full day pre-k grants $223M Teacher incentive pay $345M
  11. 11. The members who cast the votes to cut public education were representing someone. Are you sure it was you?
  12. 12. For the benefit of ourchildren and our future, pro-public education candidates need to be elected.
  13. 13. If parents, educators, and citizens want to have influence on public education in Texas, we have to VOTE!!

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