HYPOCRISY ALERT: Dan Patrick’s Revisionist History On His Own Education Cuts
In 2011, Sen. Dan Patrick voted for the budget that slashed over $5 billion from Texas’ education system.
Then, in 2013, Patrick voted against the budget that partially restored funding to Texas’ neighborhood schools.
Today, State District Judge John Dietz ruled that Texas’ system of funding neighborhood schools is unconstitutional.
Dan Patrick responded to the decision, saying, “As chair of the Senate Education Committee, I led the charge to restore most of the education funding cuts from last session.” [Dan Patrick for Lt. Governor, 8/28/14]
However, Republicans and Democrats alike can see through Patrick’s hypocrisy when it comes to funding education for Texas children.
In 2013, Senate Finance Chair Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, said, “Patrick was directly responsible for these same education programs not being funded…Such revisionism cannot go unchallenged.” [Texas Tribune, 06/21/13]
Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, released the following statement:
“I echo Senator Williams’ sentiments. Dan Patrick was directly responsible for these education cuts, and his revisionism will not go unchallenged. Dan Patrick has shown time and time again that he does not value our neighborhood schools — he showed that when he voted twice against Texas students.”
“It is time to accept responsibility and lead. We do not need another court to tell us how to do our jobs. Texans expect a quality education for their children — no excuses, no delays. It is time to put Texas first. As Lieutenant Governor, I will do exactly that.”