FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2016
Pastors for Texas Children – an organization with nearly 2000 registered ministers dedicated to providing wrap-around care and support for children in neighborhood public schools – is pleased to announce that our Executive Director, Rev. Charles F. Johnson has been invited to testify before the Texas House Public Education Committee this Monday, October 17th at 9:00 a.m. at the Capitol in Austin. The interim meeting is focused on “school choice” – something Johnson says is vouchers by another name.
“I’m honored to be asked to deliver direct testimony of what we have seen in our neighborhood schools,” Rev. Johnson said. “That Pastors for Texas Children is recognized by the legislature as a significant voice on public education is validation of all of the hard work put in by our pastors and church leaders in support of public schools over the past few years.”
Johnson went on to say that his main concerns about vouchers involve the welfare of Texas children. “Simply put, it is morally unacceptable to take money from the public education of all our children to underwrite the private education of a few.”
Johnson is also concerned with the protection of the fundamental right of religious liberty of private and home schools. “The State of Texas has absolutely zero authority to meddle in the affairs of our fine religious private schools. Vouchers and voucher-schemes erode the very principles of religious freedom on which our country was founded. Since when did God need Caesar’s money to do the Lord’s work?”
Other speakers slated to appear on the same panel as Johnson are Luis Huerta, Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy from Columbia University, and Thomas Ratliff, Vice Chair of the Texas State Board of Education.
The meeting is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17th at the Texas State Capitol in room E2.036. You can watch the meeting live at the Texas Legislature Online website at www.capitol.state.tx.us and clicking on Video Broadcasts.