With his position made, several representatives took the floor to briefly support while others strongly challenged his amendment.
Reading the actual transcript of this debate and the dialog between members of the House made us appreciate the word “courage.” Although they were speaking to their peers, the courage and determination these legislators exhibited as they defended public education deserves acknowledgement.
It makes us wonder and appreciate the number of legislators behind the walls of our Capitol that courageously stand up to protect the integrity and value of public education away from our view.
As the dust settled on the House floor and Amendment No. 95 votes were counted, 103 “yeas” were recorded – Republicans and Democrats supporting public dollars for public schools and not for school vouchers or scholarships for private education.
The 43 “nays” included House Representatives Anderson, Bohac, G. Bonnen, Branch, Button, Capriglione, Creighton, Crownover, Dale, J. Davis, Elkins, Fallon, Fletcher, Flynn, Frank, Goldman, Gonzales, Harless, Hughes, Isaac, Phil King, Kleinschmidt, Krause, Larson, Laubenberg, Lavender, Leach, R. Miller, Morrison, Murphy, Parker, Raney, Riddle, Ritter, Sanford, Schaefer, Simmons, Stickland, Taylor, E. Thompson, Toth, E.S. Turner and Zedler.
It is a small but important public school victory – hopefully a cornerstone. There are many other bills and amendments involving vouchers, taxpayer credits, charter schools, as well as legislation on school finance, governance, and mandates to be heard.
We appreciate courage – one victory at a time.
Bobby J. Rigues is president of the Aledo ISD school board and Charlie Martinez is president of the Weatherford ISD school board.