To the Editor:
Are you a rural voter in favor of school choice? If so, your view may not be represented in the Texas House.
In the last primary, Republican voters used Proposition 1 to vote on school choice.
It stated, “The state should fund education by allowing dollars to follow the child instead of the bureaucracy, through a program which allows parents the freedom to choose their child’s school, public or private, while also saving significant taxpayer dollars.”
In Rep. J.D. Sheffield’s district, 81 percent of GOP primary voters agreed with Prop. 1, a “landslide” for school choice.
Rep. J.D. Sheffield’s voting record differs from this. On April 4, during the 2013 regular session, an anti-school choice amendment (No. 95) to appropriations bill, SB1, had a record vote. Its title stated, “Use of Appropriated Funds for School Vouchers or to Support Tax-Credit Scholarships [is] Prohibited.”
Rep. J.D. Sheffield voted for Amendment 95 — a vote against school choice. Why is he voting against the view of 81 percent of Republicans in his district?
He is not alone. Thirty-one (74 percent) of rural House Republicans voted against school choice. We will never pass school choice unless this difference in these districts is corrected.