Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Texas vs. Education

Via Charlie Pierce, the governor of Texas wants to make the students of his state as stupid and racist as he.

We begin in Texas. Governor Greg Abbott, the Sutter’s Mill of terrible policy ideas, clearly is not going to be truly content until it’s 1859 again everywhere. Having loosed his dark idiot magic on reproductive freedom and voting rights, Abbott this week found a new target. From the Austin American-Statesman:

“Texas already long ago sued the federal government about having to incur the costs of the education program, in a case called Plyler versus Doe,” Abbott said, speaking during an appearance on the Joe Pags show, a conservative radio talk show. “And the Supreme Court ruled against us on the issue… I think we will resurrect that case and challenge this issue again, because the expenses are extraordinary and the times are different than when Plyler versus Doe was issued many decades ago.”

To be brief, public education is one of the crown jewels of the American experiment. We’re very partial to public education up here in the Commonwealth—God save it!—because we invented the fcking thing. All three of my children attended a public school named after Horace Mann, and my father worked in public education for 35 years. And as ol’ Horace himself said, “Education is a capital to the poor man, and an interest to the rich man.” Which, of course, is precisely the problem with it, at least to the likes of Greg Abbott. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a conservative policy prescription without adhering to the basic conservative principle that a bucketful of racism helps the poison go down.

Abbott raised the possibility of challenging the ruling on education during a discussion about border security, after Pagliarulo asked whether the state could take steps to reduce the “burden” of educating the children of undocumented migrants living in Texas.

“We’re talking about public tax dollars, public property tax dollars going to fund these schools to teach children who are 5, 6, 7, 10 years old, who don’t even have remedial English skills,” Pagliarulo said. “This is a real burden on communities. What can you do about that?”

“The challenges put on our public systems is extraordinary,” Abbott said in reply. “Texas already long ago sued the federal government about having to incur the costs of the education program, in a case called Plyler versus Doe. And the Supreme Court ruled against us on the issue about denying, or let’s say Texas having to bear that burden. I think we will resurrect that case and challenge this issue again, because the expenses are extraordinary and the times are different than when Plyler versus Doe was issued many decades ago.”

The siren doesn’t go any louder, They’re coming for everything.

One simple fact that the governor and his enablers seems to forget is that most, if not all, of the funding for public education that he’s trying to take away from these children, documented or otherwise, comes from the federal government.  The state is responsible for providing the teachers and the facilities, but those funds can also be recouped through federal funding as well.

So that leaves us with the conclusion that what is truly frightening to Gov. Abbott and the rest of his like-minded (if not white-robed) cohorts is that they’re going to turn out some well-educated and activated students who are going to grow up, become citizens, and register to vote.

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