Sign this Petition for Texas and its Kids

Our schools and health services for kids can’t afford to go back in time, so a petition circulating this back-to-school season tells Texas leaders to move forward instead. 

You probably know by now that in 2011, the state of Texas made severe cuts to public education, matched with deep reductions in other services, including health care. The state, which already was among those investing the least in children, started spending billions less on education, health, and other vital services. With another legislative session around the corner and talk already coming from state leaders about still more squeezes on our schools and health systems, we need your help.

The organizations behind Texas Well and Healthy also help lead Texas Forward, and our campaign supports the coalition’s position that Texas needs better than what has come before. Our state needs to support the vital public structures–like our schools and hospitals–that underpin our communities, and we as Texans all need to stand up for the people who perhaps count on these things most: our children.

Health care and schools are both essential parts of our economy, our communities, and our children’s lives. Yet some Texas leaders have been pitting health care and education against one another, indicating Medicaid could “squeeze” public education in the state budget.

As Texas grows, we need to pay attention to whether Texans have a safe, secure, and healthy future. Medicaid is a lifeline for millions of children, as well as their grandparents in nursing homes and family members with a lifelong disability. And quality public education is the key to our state’s future prosperity. That’s why we hope you will sign the petition today to tell state leaders not to drag schools OR health care backwards!

Your signature tells state leaders:

The problem is not Medicaid, public education, or any other essential public service; the problem is the priorities of state leadership. We need a real plan to meet the needs of Texans!

Fix the hole: We must fix the $10 billion hole in the budget that state leaders put there in 2006, leaving Texas without the revenue it needs for health care and education.

Use the Rainy Day Fund: Stop prioritizing tax giveaways over investments in our children’s future. In the short run, use our Rainy Day Fund for its intended purpose, to maintain vital services in this Rainy Day economy. The fund replenishes on its own, and when matched with a fix for that $10 billion hole, we can give our schools and kids what they need.

Have the courage to lead: We need real solutions to our revenue crisis. Take an honest look at the challenges that our rapidly growing population faces, and stop using rhetoric that asks us to choose between quality education or quality health care for our children.

Please don’t delay.  Sign on today!

Written by: Christine Sinatra, Texans Care for Children

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3 responses to “Sign this Petition for Texas and its Kids”

  1. Meggie McKinney says:

    I am a retired teacher who always felt I was helping children become independent citizens. I believe in the common good! Even if politicians have no empathy with the problems our children are facing, including increased poverty, I would think they could realize that the economic health of this state is dependent upon educated citizens.

    It is impossible for children with health problems to learn. Those problems cause unnecessary absences and attention problems. I’ve seen a lot of untreated asthma cases that result in er and hospital admissions. I’ve been horrified to look into children’s mouths and see cavities that have gone to the gum! How can one pay attention in such pain?

    We also have a lot of children with undiagnosed vision and hearing problems.

  2. Betty Evans says:

    The Welfare of children are always a big concern. They are our leaders for tomorrow. I hope that all medical needs are addressed to help our children so that are healthier than our generation. Mental Health needs are a bigger problem than what our government wants to admit. We need to address this in so many areas, but children are the beginning.

  3. Lele Simmons says:

    Let’s educate our communities. Our children need help and so do their families. As a society, we can’t continue to ignore their cry for help! It is our responsibility to stand up for those who don’t know how to stand up for themselves.

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