Education Platform for the Texas Republicans & Democrats
Both the Republican and Democratic parties had their state party convention last month. At their respective conventions, each party developed their party's platform for what their party stood for. We are focusing a few of our podcasts on certain issues we feel are important for the South Asian community to understand.
This segment we focus on Education. Tune in to hear the highlights of each party's platform on Education and some of the differences between the two parties. With the midterm elections less than four months away, it is imperative for our community to begin Wising Up on their candidates!
Please remember not all politicians follow their party’s platform and it is best to ask them how they feel on certain issues. This graphic is to provide you a general idea of the many issues our state faces and how each party intends to address them.
By the way, check out our handy dandy graphic highlighting the main difference between the two parties and their stances on Education.
Education Issues Facing Texans
GOP Platform on Education
Undocumented students in Education
TX students should have access to all federal and state scholarships grants and loans based measurable academic criteria
Illegal immigrants shall not be eligible for state/federal grants, or in-state tuition
TX families should have the freedom to choose between public, private,charter, or home school options for their child’s education, using tax credits or exemptions without government restraints or intrusion
Favors strengthening our common American identity which includes contribution and assimilation of diverse racial and ethnic groups.
Non-English speaking students should transition via best practices to English within one year allowing them to quickly assimilate and succeed in American society
Reproductive healthcare services including counseling, referrals, or distribution of contraceptive products should be prohibited in public schools
School Security and Open Carry
The Texas legislature shall pass a statute that allows TX school teachers or other school employees who are certified and insured to be authorized to carry concealed guns on the premises their assigned school for security and protection purposes
They support teacher and staff who have obtained concealed carry licenses and obtained additional training required by the district to have the right to carry firearms on school campuses
Legislatures urge to adopt a legislative priority to mandate by state law that all publicly funded school districts be required to submit a viable school security plan as part of an accountability program.
The Department of Education is not an enumerated power of the federal government and should be abolished.
Urge legislature to end censorship of the discussion of religion in the founding documents and encourage discussions those documents including the Bible as their basis.
State universities and public schools shall not make special concessions based on religion that create undue burdens and costs for the institution.
They favor strengthening our common American identity, which includes contribution and assimilation of diverse racial and ethnic groups. Students shall pledge allegiance to the United States and Texas flags daily to instill patriotism. Students have the right to display patriotic items on school property.
There are only two genders, male and female.
Democratic Platform on Education
School Choice is a deceptive marketing frame that proportes to advocate for something that already exists (school choice) and that the true purpose is to divert public school funds to vouchers on tax credits systems supporting private and sectarian schools. The adoption of any vouchers or any tax credit schemes would unavoidably financially and academically damage public schools in Texas.
TX should reject efforts to destroy bilingual education and Texans should promote multi-language instruction beginning in elementary school to make all students fluent in english and at least one other language.
There should be comprehensive, age-appropriate reproductive education programs with a contraception component to reduce dropout rates due to unattended pregnancies.
School campuses and functions should be weapon-free and drug-free
Repeal campus carry policies for public universities and community college campuses
There should be comprehensive sexual assault programs to combat the sexual assault crisis
Undocumented students and education
Keep the Texas DREAM Act: Undocumented immigrants have a chance to have access to in-state tuition
The government should establish a 100% equitable school finance system with sufficient state revenue to provide every child the opportunity to learn in an exemplary program.
The state should equitably reduce reliance on the Robinhood Recapture.
Every eligible TX child must have access to high quality, full-day Pre-K and Kindergarten.
Every student should have a highly qualified teacher, so they believe to make TX teacher pay align with the national rate.