A lot of American children also happen to be Texan, so nearly one-tenth of the future U.S. workforce hails from Texas. We have a lot of kids, a lot of human potential, entrusted to us here. So our state’s choices — about whether to improve educational opportunities, for example, or to support a healthy start for children — decides, in no small measure, our nation’s future.
It was with some alarm then that observers watched two years ago, as Texas lawmakers gutted funding for public schools and other systems that children count on. We’re a growing state, adding with each new school year between 75,000-95,000 more kids who need an education. Yet lawmakers cut more than $5 billion in public school funding in 2011 and ignored student population growth.
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Garcia is chief executive officer for Texans Care for Children.txchildren.org