LULAC National Re-Affirms
Support of Public Education and
Denounces School Vouchers
CONTACT, Selena Walsh, (202) 408-0060
For Immediate Release, 1/27/98
Washington--LULAC National President Belen Robles today expressed her strong support for public education and her dismay at statements made by Texas LULAC representatives that seemed to offer tentative support of school vouchers.
"We have a responsibility to invest in the future of our children and our schools, and using scarce taxpayer dollars to subsidize private and religious schools with vouchers is a very poor investment strategy," stated Ms. Robles. "LULAC National's position on this issue has been very clear and remains so: We in no way support school vouchers or any other scheme designed to siphon funds from our public schools for the benefit of private and religious institutions. Nothing said by our Texas representatives should be interpreted as an endorsement of vouchers by the LULAC organization, period. Turning our backs on a proud two-hundred year tradition of public education is not the way to fix those schools that suffer from crumbling facilities, overcrowding, and low test scores. Instead of pouring our time and energy into developing plans to abandon public education, we should be focusing on solving the problems we currently face and improving the classrooms that educate 90 percent of our nation's children.
We have a tremendous amount to offer our children and there are a number of positive steps that can be taken to improve the quality of our public schools, including early childhood development, professional development for teachers, relief for crumbling and overcrowded schools, support for bringing technology into all classrooms, and support for renewing neighborhood schools."
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