AUSTIN, TX – In response to the Texas Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of Texas' school finance system, Senator Sylvia Garcia issued the following statement:
"Today's decision by the Texas Supreme Court fails our children by refusing to recognize that the Legislature is denying adequate resources to schools so that every child can receive a quality education. We have a duty, not just under the State Constitution, but to our children and grandchildren, that the Legislature provide the necessary means to educate our children so that they have a chance to be successful in life. The priority in the Capitol should not be paying for tax cuts for big businesses on the backs of our children and most vulnerable; it should be a focus on making Texas a place where opportunity is only limited by the size of one's dreams and dedication to seeing them to reality.
The Legislature must act next session to make wholesale changes that meaningfully address the inadequacies of our education system. Despite today's unfortunate ruling, the Court began its opinion by realizing that 'Texas's more than five million school children deserve better' and that the current system is nothing more than 'Band-Aid on top of Band-Aid.' In this finding, I agree, and it is time the Legislature acted to stop with a piece-meal, Band-Aid approach, and truly created a system that actually educates all our children and allows them to dream as big as they want. The future of Texas depends on a well-educated populace, so I hope that the business community and others will step up and convince the Legislature to improve an education system that is widely ranked amongst the worst in the nation. We must give our teachers the resources they need to provide a top-tier education for all of Texas' children."