Pastor Charles Foster Johnson wrote this urgent appeal on behalf of Pastors for Texas Children:
Dear PTC Friends,
What we feared all along this legislative session is now happening.
A special-needs voucher provision has been attached to the school funding bill by the Senate Education Committee.
In short, the pro-voucher Senate will not allow any increase in money for our neighborhood and community schools until and unless they get some kind of voucher policy in Texas.
The pro-voucher people are desperate. Powerful monied interests far outside the state of Texas want to profit off our children. They won’t quit until they tap into this market.
We know how wrong it is to fund the private education of a few with money dedicated to the public education of the many.
We know how unjust it is to corrupt the public trust through a subsidy for private interests.
We know how unwise it is to promote yet another government entitlement and expansion program that intrudes into our private schools.
Most important, we know how unrighteous it is to violate God’s gift of religious liberty by using government money to promote religious causes.
So, as much as our children need the increased funding, we must say NO to the privatization of God’s gift of public education.
Please call your state senator and state representative NOW and urge their opposition to this bill, CSHB21 (Committee Substitute House Bill 21). Attached is all the information you need. You can find their Austin phone numbers here: http://ift.tt/1fy3Nuo
Please pray for our Senate and House members. Please spread the word today to other pastoral and lay colleagues.
Do it for our children. ALL our children.
We thank God for you and your witness!
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