"I want us to get our priorities right," O'Rourke said. "I want us to pay teachers a living wage. I want us to take care of retired teachers. Here is the consequence if we fail to: Not only are we doing the wrong thing morally and ethically... But in our own
O'Rourke, running to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, touted the appearance as his first town hall devoted exclusively to education issues.
During his half-hour speech, the El Paso congressman cited San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program as an example of a community ensuring a more equitable education system for all residents. He'd said he'll push for both a universal pre-K program and no-tuition community college.
"That investment turns into something far greater than what we put in," he said. "I want to make the most out of every single one of us."
After taking questions from the crowd, O'Rourke spent nearly an hour shaking hands and posing for photos. A line to meet the congressman snaked through the Carver lobby as people purchased "Beto for Senate" t-shirts and carried out stacks of yard signs.
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