We refuse to protect our Texas schoolchildren even while we fail to support their teachers.
The state went into this soon-to-close Legislative session with a record $32.7 billion surplus in the cookie jar. So, this was the perfect opportunity to raise Texas teachers’ embarrassingly paltry salaries, right?
Nope. Not a dime. But the Lege did manage to come up with $47 million to boost Texas House and Senate staffs and upgrade their furniture.
Shameful, a word that increasingly describes public policy in the Lone Star State.
But at least Abbott’s obscene school voucher jihad augured in.
Abbott is almost as good at damaging his own state with his grandstanding culture wars as Rhonda Santis is in Florida. Going forward, thanks to Senate Bill 17, all Texas public universities will be barred from having offices or employees for diversity, equity and inclusion programs. Because, you know, white folks are being picked on and everything.
So diversity, equity and inclusion are officially bad things. I guess attracting top students is a bad thing, too. And recruiting and retaining top professors and researchers is a bad thing. And bringing modern corporations to Texas is a bad thing. And providing a road-ready Texas workforce is a bad thing.
SMH. This reminds me of the scene in Blazing Saddles in which Sheriff Bart freaks out the goobers in Rock Ridge by raising his pistol to his own temple.
The State of Texas seems intent on blowing its own head off. But unlike Bart, Abbott really is “crazy enough to do it.”
And then there’s Paxton. OK, not now. I’m getting a migraine.