By Cheri Lane
On February 27, the Parent Empowerment Coalition organized a Parent Empowerment Night, hosted by Park Meadows Academy in Corsicana. The public event featured guest speaker, Governor Greg Abbott, introduced by Representative, Cody Harris. The event focused on bringing leaders together to discuss educational reform and the increasing importance of parental empowerment and educational freedom.
Governor Abbott advocated for parents and educational freedom, honoring parents collectively for the role each plays for all the kids in every community across the state. Abbott stated the importance of educational freedom as an emergency item this year, increasing money for education and teacher pay raises. He discussed the valuable role public schools play, and how many of our public schools are excellent, with Texas increasing in most blue-ribbon schools, and high school graduation rates. He sympathized with parents as they struggled with the impact of covid on education, watching their children fall behind, and shared their frustration against both agendas being pushed on their children in schools. Abbott exclaimed,” Education is not for indoctrination.”
“No one knows what’s better for a child’s success than the parents. Parents matter,” Abbott stated, He continued in support of every parents’ ability to choose the best educational pathway for their child, and of school choice through stated funded educational accounts. Abbott explained, “Now what we need to do is to expand that program to every parent in Texas.”
Abbott recanted the story of how he became paralyzed from an accident as a young person. He shared, “I learned that our lives are defined not by how we’re challenged, but by how we respond to those challenges.” Abbott explained that it was after the accident that left him in a wheelchair that he went on to become Attorney General and now Governor of “the greatest state in the United States,” he said.
In closing, Abbott called for educational reform and action, and stated, “Parents must get involved, stand with me, and fight for the future of these kids.”