Amid the national debate over parental rights in education, candidates and leaders in Texas’ Republican Party hosted a press conference on Monday morning to speak out on the issue.
Jeremy Story, a father who was arrested at his home for asking questions in a Round Rock ISD school board meeting, described the meeting of candidates—some of whom are running for the same elected positions in the March 1 primary elections—as “speaking with one voice today regarding protecting Texas children.”
“We’re not running against each other. We’re running for you. And, especially, we’re running for our children,” said Lt. Col. Allen West, one of the three primary Republican challengers for governor.
West began by citing Texas’ educational ranking as 46th out of 50 in the nation, and the fact that 67 percent of fourth-graders cannot read at grade level. He said those troubling statistics continue while taxpayer-funded education officials—such as at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M—are more concerned with teaching critical race theory.