School choice rally at Holy Cross High School

Sonja Harris:

A School Choice Rally was held at Holy Cross Catholic High School in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday October 18, 2016. The main speakers were Daniel Garza, Executive Director of the Libre Initiative, who sponsored the event, and Texas Lt Governor Dan Patrick, who gave the keynote address.   The moderator, Allan Parker of the Justice Foundation, emphasized that the rally was an educational rally and not a political rally.  But, it certainly was a diplomatically charged event for school choice.  The rally was billed as nonpartisan because school choice does affect all Texans.  It was an excellent presentation on why there should be school choice in Texas.

Garza’s inspiring life story is an amazing testament to all who desire to achieve the American Dream.  He personally understands that a quality education is the way to achieve that goal.  As a young California-born migrant worker he was not able to finish high school and at the age of 17 dropped out of school to help his parents. He became a statistic.  His second chance at the America Dream was getting his GED followed by college and community service jobs as a police officer and city council representative before landing a job with Congressman Richard Hastings.  Seventeen years later, in 2004, he was appointed to the White House under the GW Bush Administration as Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison.   He believes that it is far better that we focus on redistributing knowledge and equal opportunity instead of redistributing more and more of somebody else’s wealth.  School choice does exactly that, it helps promote equal opportunity.  “This country must continue to be a country of second chances not a country of no chances.”

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