Austin, TX – Americans for Prosperity-Texas, the Lone Star state’s leading advocate for economic freedom with over 100,000 members statewide, yesterday hand-delivered a letter to the School Board Members of the Round Rock ISD reminding them they work for the taxpayers and have no right to use a censure vote for purely political reasons.
The letter states:
As inconvenient a truth as it may be, you do not work for one another. You are elected by citizens and are accountable to the citizens. As elected members of the school board, you have no authority or responsibility to censure a fellow board member.
You abuse the authority of this body by using a censure vote as a campaign tool to admonish a fellow member who you do not agree with, or to silence a member, or to discourage a member from asking questions and seeking information.
The free exchange of information between government and the people—we who elect and create that government—is fundamental to the democratic process. The right to know what our government is doing is one of our greatest freedoms. The First Amendment protects all speech — including political speech — to facilitate self-government, and its exercise depends on access to government information. Censuring an elected board member, a citizens’ representative, for seeking information to make an informed decision runs counter to these principles.
AFP-Texas will continue to demand all elected officials remain transparent and good stewards of taxpayer money. Moreover, through the Red Apple Project, AFP-Texas is educating and equipping parents, teachers, businesses and taxpayers with not easily accessible school data to ensure the majority of education dollars are spent in the classroom.