Amid teacher crisis, Abbott directs billions to failed border campaign

Here’s a question: What is the most pressing need in Texas: improve teacher funding and work conditions as thousands of educators abandon the profession, or continue to fund Operation Lone Star in an effort to usurp the federal government’s mission of policing the Texas-Mexico border?

It’s a multi-billion-dollar question, with the future of the state’s post-pandemic public school system at stake. So far, Gov. Greg Abbott has spent $4 billion in mostly unbudgeted funds on Operation Lone Star, with a U.S. Treasury Department investigation underway into whether he misappropriated $1 billion in federal pandemic relief funds for the border effort.

Perryman Group economists estimated the cost of Abbott’s April order halting border truck traffic in order to subject northbound tractor-trailers to enhanced searches cost the state more than $4 billion in lost economic activity. The week-long operation stalled traffic at all Texas-Mexico crossings, while failing to intercept smuggled migrants or illegal drug shipments.

 

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