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Texas Educators Should Model, Teach Voting

Haskell CISD Superintendent Bill Alcorn believes that having engaged and voting citizens is the best solution to the challenges Texas faces.

So much so that Haskell CISD trustees have encouraged employees to make voting a habit. “Too few Texans take this civic responsibility seriously, and as a result, often less than 10 percent of our voting population is making decisions about who represents us,” Alcorn said.

“Our school board has only asked our employees to register to vote, learn about the issues and candidates so they can make an informed decision, and then vote,” Alcorn said. When students and others in the community see educators voting, that action can have a greater impact, encouraging others to vote and highlighting the importance of voting.

Efforts to encourage educators to vote have recently come under scrutiny by some. Alcorn notes that those efforts should be applauded, not criticized.

Read “Texas educators should be teaching students to vote” by Bill Alcorn in TribTalk, a publication of the Texas Tribune.

February 6, 2018