Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Why the UIL should be watching the state lieutenant governor’s race
Most people around the state shuffled to their nearest polling station and cast their votes in Tuesday’s primaries.
Maybe you weren’t one of those people, but you enjoy high school athletics. Well, it’s time to start paying attention.
In the primary for the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick emerged as the top two GOP candidates for the position. Since no candidate in the primary received 50 percent of the vote to win the party’s nomination, Patrick and the incumbent will be in a run-off on May 27th to determine the Republican candidate.
Even if you don’t keep up with politics, you might recognize Patrick’s name. That’s because Patrick has been in the state senate since 2007 and every two years, he’s made the push to bring private and parochial schools into the University Interscholastic League.
Private and parochial schools are currently governed by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.
The most recent push by Patrick was made during the 83rd State Legislature with Senate Bill 573. The bill passed through two stages of the seven stages of the bill process but it was never voted on by the Senate. His bill in 2007reached the fourth stage of the process but was never voted on by the Senate.
You can read the story about local reaction from both private schools and public schools here. In 2011, Patrick told the Houston Chronicle it was “flat-out discrimination” against parents and kids paying school taxes to prohibit private schools from joining the UIL.
There’s nothing to suggest that Patrick will continue his push to join the two leagues. But if he defeats Dewhurst in May and wins the election this fall, there could be another surge to bring private schools into the UIL.