Texas Rep. Brian Harrison on Hugh Hewitt Show: Parents Want to Free their Children from Failing Schools
"I got elected on the issue of school choice, and I look forward to focusing on empowering parents through school choice in the next legislative session."
Nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt broadcast live from the ALEC 49th Annual Meeting in Atlanta and highlighted some of the education freedom reforms ALEC members have been leading across the nation. Texas State Representative Brian Harrison spoke with Hewitt to explain how he intends to help families achieve education excellence in the next legislative session. Below are highlights from the conversation between Hewitt and Harrison:
Hugh Hewitt: Brian Harrison has held senior positions in the Trump and Bush administrations. Now he’s back in Texas representing the 10th District. Education has been front and center at ALEC all week. I think it is a historic opportunity for conservative lawmakers to seize the initiative to free students from bad public schools by giving them the money that would follow them anywhere. What is the situation in Texas?
Rep. Brian Harrison: Education is an incredibly important issue and one that I care passionately about. I’m the father of four young kids myself, the older ones are attending public schools. I happen to live in a district that does have some great public school options, but not every Texan does. And if the last two years of COVID have taught us anything, it’s that the educational establishment and the liberal teachers unions do not have the interest of kids at heart… I got elected on the issue of school choice, and I look forward to focusing on empowering parents through school choice in the next legislative session.
Hugh Hewitt: The argument that you’ll often hear is “This will defund public schools.”
Rep. Brian Harrison: The only public schools that would lose any money whatsoever would be schools that are failing students. and parents choose to put them somewhere else where their kids can get a better education and have a better life. There is so much elitism that permeates the opposition to the school choice movement.
Watch full interview here: