Advisers to Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick described a major bipartisan pre-K initiative as socialist and keeping children in a 'Godless environment' in a letter sent to lawmakers Tuesday. The letter was a rebuke over a preschool push being led by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, whose office responded by defending its plan while not addressing the criticism. It was written by a "grassroots advisory" board of conservative activists that Patrick, a tea party leader, assembled upon taking office in January.
This may seem rudimentary to some folk, but it's important nonetheless: no matter what arguments conservatives come up with to resist or oppose this or that effort to improve public education, the threshold question to ask them is whether they believe in public education at all. It's really not something you can take for granted these days, and I'm not being snarky about this or adopting some ideological definition of "believe in" or "public." [...] Regular old K-12 public schools also "remove" children from religious schools, or from home-schooling, or from other Godly Environments. So there's nothing you can do to placate these people on education issues, other than agreeing to abolish public schools altogether.