Jennifer Berkshire went to Texas to try to learn whether DeVos was helping or hurting the GOP. You may be surprised by her answer.

She writes:

The big question that fascinates me these days is whether GOP voters who care about their public schools will abandon their party as it embraces a Trump/DeVos education freedom agenda. And the answer in Texas is yes, at least when it comes to moderate suburban voters.

Twelve seats in the Texas legislature flipped from R to D in 2018 and education was a huge part of the reason. There’s been an explosion of public education activism in Texas in recent years, and GOP candidates, feeling the pressure and fearing for their seats, are now scrambling to paint themselves as the biggest lovers of public schools and their teachers around. I went to north Texas to hear for myself what this sounds like.

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