The Sugar Land Democrats Club held their fourth 2011 forum series with a discussion on education issues. They also hosted a lively FBISD Board of Trustees candidates forum. Dr. Gene Preuss, Assistant Professor of History at University of Houston Downtown gave a review of education history with the comment “Two words can sum up Education History in Texas since our founding and that is Equity and Access.” Equity is about “giving people what they need” and access is about “who gets in?”
Anthony Lacsamana, Senior Organizer for the Fort Bend Employees Federation showed a poll by UT/Texas Tribune taken last month that 82% of the public is opposed to cuts in education.
Karrie Washenfelder, President of the Fort Bend Employees Federation, presented ten needed reforms for our education system in Texas, beginning with the need to fully fund our public schools.
Sugar Land Co-Chair Deron Patterson remarked, “The state of Texas is not broke. Our Governor and the Republican leadership could fully fund education in Texas if it was their will to do so by way of eliminating tax breaks for oil and gas, tax loopholes for big business, increase taxes on tobacco and alcohol, and use a larger share of the Rainy Day Fund. The only thing broke in Texas is the Republican leadership’s will to fully fund education for all of our Texas children.”
On Saturday, May 14, Election Day the Sugar Land Democrats Club we will sponsor a Get Out The Vote drive for the City Council and FBISD elections. Please watch the local media or call Mr. “Q” Imam at 281 467 9545 for the kick off location.
Bring comfortable shoes to walk a block to encourage our neighbors to vote for these important local elections.