Texas: Governor Abbott Encourages Texans To Participate In School Choice Sunday

~ Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has called on Texans to participate in School Choice Sunday on October 15th, to voice their support for parent empowerment and expanding education freedom for all Texas students. During a tele-townhall with faith leaders from across the state, the Governor highlighted the importance of Texans contacting their legislators about protecting parents' fundamental role as the primary decisionmakers in their child's education.

"This is one of those unparalleled opportunities when all of us together have the ability to achieve a better state for all families across Texas," said Governor Abbott. "I believe that every parent can do a better job of raising their children if they are given the power to choose the school that is best for their child. If they are given that power, that child will go down a pathway to better educational success, personal success, and relationship success. Collectively, we can make Texas even better when we all go to work to make sure we get across the finish line this urgent need to provide parents the ability to choose the school that's best for their child."

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The Governor was joined by Cornerstone Church Lead Pastor Matt Hagee, The R.O.C.K. Founder and Senior Pastor Dr. Dana Carson, two-time World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist George Foreman, U.S. Pastor Council Founder and President Reverend Dave Welch, First Baptist Dallas Senior Pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress, and Diocese of Dallas Bishop Edward J. Burns during his tele-townhall address.

Dr Carson expressed his gratitude towards Governor Abbott's concern for parental choice saying "Parents should have a right to choose to educate their children in a kingdom environment." He further added that this is an opportunity for low income and minority kids to have an increased probability of success.

Pastor Foreman also praised Governor Abbott's efforts saying "What I am most impressed with is we truly have a champion Governor...Governor Abbott set the stage for us to really shape education for the next 30 years."

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Bishop Burns also shared his views on parental choice saying "A child's education is one of the most important priorities in any family...Parents have a choice in education options for their children in 32 states and the District of Columbia and Texas parents should also have that same choice."

Dr Jeffers concluded by applauding Governor Abbott's courage saying "I want to applaud Governor Abbott and his courage for supporting school choice...We are going to do everything we can at First Baptist Dallas to support Governor Abbott and his courageous call for school choice."

In his 2023 State of the State address, Governor Abbott declared education freedom as an emergency item for consideration during 88th Legislative Session which was later signed into law by him in June this year along with four other pieces of parent empowerment legislation passed during 88th Regular Legislative Session.

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