It is critical that funding for licensed mental health professionals be provided for districts throughout the state. Students with readily accessible emotional and mental health support are more likely to be better prepared for life after high school and become productive citizens.
In addressing extreme school violence, understanding the difference between mental and emotional health is critical. Contrary to popular belief, mental illness is not the root cause of the vast majority of school shootings.
We urge the Texas Legislature to require teacher development programs designed to enhance the emotional health of our children. A modest sum of $2,000 per school would fund the mandate and bless the lives of countless kids in Texas who suffer from acute emotional isolation.