Mayor Mike Rawlings, City of Dallas
“The importance of education was instilled in me from an early age as the son of two teachers. This, along with my experience as a parent, business leader and public servant, has provided me with a deep understanding of the power of a quality education to uplift families and communities and to drive economic and social success. That’s why as Mayor of Dallas I have made education a priority and why I stand with the nine brave student-plaintiffs of Vergara v. California.
“Communities across the state of California have been empowered to demand a better system that values teachers and puts the best interests of students first thanks to the Court’s historic decision. But this is about more than California. The case and recent decision have driven a national conversation that cannot be ignored about students’ rights and the tremendous impact that teachers have on the success of a child. This is a moment we cannot afford to waste. We must seize this opportunity as a nation to ensure that the education of all our students is our highest priority.”