More from the 2012 Texas Republican Party Platform:
"Since education is not an enumerated power of the federal government, we believe the Department of Education (DOE) should be abolished."
"Since data is clear* that additional money does not translate into educational achievement, and higher education costs are out of control, we support reducing taxpayer funding to all levels ** of education institutions."
And let's not forget how Texas Republicans feel about funding the most successful way to improve educational outcomes:
"We urge Congress to repeal government-sponsored programs that deal with early childhood development. "
I think we have to face facts about the people in power in the Texas Republican Party. They have the resources to keep a parent home to home-school their kids or to send them to private school, things the majority of Texans cannot afford without jeopardizing the health care, shelter and nutrition of their children. While I am very happy for them and am sure they work very hard to stay so fortunate, I do not like the fact that their good fortune gives them this I-got-mine-and-who-cares-about-everyone-else attitude about public education. And they do have it, the ones in power. They really do not support public education anymore.
You cannot, however, maintain a democracy without public education. You cannot. Public education is the support upon which democracy sits.
To protect our democracy, we must not allow these people to succeed in dismantling our already underfunded public education system.
* So not remotely true about that data, dudes.
** emphasis mine