2,000 Public Charter School Supporters Rally at the Texas Capitol

2,000 Public Charter School Supporters Rally at the Texas Capitol

Governor Abbott and Commissioner Bush to keynote rally in support of Public Charter Schools

For Immediate Release—April 26, 2017

Christine Isett
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AUSTIN – The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) is hosting its 2017 Texas Public Charter Schools Rally today at 12:30 p.m. on the south steps of the Texas Capitol with about 2,000 public charter school students, parents, teachers, leaders, and advocates from campuses across the state. This is the sixth Texas Public Charter Schools Rally, which began in 2009 and are held during legislative sessions.

“Every child in Texas must have the opportunity to attend the school that’s right for them regardless of their zip code,” said Governor Abbott. “As Governor I will work to provide our children with the best education possible by expanding and improving charter schools in Texas. Access to a quality education is not a political issue, and Texans must come together to make sure no child is deprived of a quality education.”

Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush are the keynote speakers for the Texas Public Charter Schools Rally. Other speakers include a charter school student, parents, and legislators, including Senator Donna Campbell and Representative Harold Dutton, authors of key companion legislation for charter school facilities funding.

There is significant momentum for public charter schools in approaching the last month of the 85th Legislative Session. Rally participants will raise awareness with legislators on the importance of quality public charter schools and garner support for key priorities, especially facilities funding for public charter schools. Texas Public Charter School Rally participants will advocate in support of the 250,000 current Texas charter school students and the more than 141,000 students on a waiting list.

“As your Land Commissioner, a former teacher, and most importantly, a parent, I am proud to join the Texas Charter Schools Association and the supporters of this important movement to provide additional options for parents and students,” said Commissioner George P. Bush. “I stand with those who trust Texans with the opportunity to choose what school is best for their children and I do so for one very simple, but profound reason: I believe that when we give parents a choice, we give students a chance. A chance at a better education, a better life and a better future. A good education shouldn’t be limited to where you live — the American Dream must be real and available to every child.”

TCSA represents public charter schools at 629 campuses across the state. Public charter schools are a part of the state’s public school system, open-enrollment, tuition free, and held to the same academic and financial accountability standards as other public schools.