OP-ED: Lt. Gov. Patrick: In Texas, school choice is necessary for change

OP-ED: Lt. Gov. Patrick: In Texas, school choice is necessary for change
Houston Chronicle
March 6, 2017

President John F. Kennedy once remarked that, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” Change is difficult, and sometimes those who fear it the most will fight the hardest against it.

I have made education one of my top priorities since the day I was elected – both as a senator and as lieutenant governor. Throughout my time in office, my focus has always been on students and the most effective ways to change the system to meet the needs of students. I have been attacked repeatedly for these positions because, when you look out for students, frequently, the adults who have always controlled our educational system see it as an attack on them.

This is certainly true of my commitment to pass school choice in Texas, which would allow a parent to use the state funding set aside for their child to attend a private school, if they believe that is the best choice.

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