Providing teenagers with books that serve as both mirrors of themselves and windows to the outside world, as educator and scholar R.S. Bishop advocated for nearly two decades ago, is vital to their understanding of themselves and others in a world that is constantly changing and becoming increasingly complex. Katy ISD, by taking a book off the shelves, is missing a chance to do that.
If we are to uphold the Texas Constitution, we need to be clear on what the “support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools” means. Giving families taxpayer money to spend on private institutions has nothing to do with maintaining public free schools.