Pablo Escamilla

Sophia De Leon, March 15, 2015
"Education. There is no better investment."
Pablo Escamilla

Introductory Profile: About Pablo Escamilla

An education is not a fundamental right granted to anyone by the U.S. Constitution. Instead, the Texas Constitution assigns the duty to “establish and make suitable provisions for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools,” to the Texas Legislature. The Edgewood v. Kirby case sparked a change in public school funding and a serious re-evaluation of social and economic inequality in Texas. The plaintiffs in the Edgewood case contested the State’s reliance on local property taxes to finance its system of public education, contending that this method was intrinsically unequal because property values varied greatly from district to district, creating an imbalance in funds available to educate students on an equal basis throughout the state. The lawsuit was a long and bumpy road, but in the end improvements to school funding were made. The public school system is continuing to improve to this day, and it started with the Edgewood Board of Trustees.

The subject of my social justice interview was Mr. Pablo Escamilla. Mr. Escamilla, was a member of the Edgewood Independent School District School Board that voted to tackle the unjust public school funding system of the State of Texas. At just 24 years of age and newly graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Escamilla’s conscience led him to public service, leading to his subsequent career as a school law attorney. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, and founder of the law firm, Escamilla & Poneck, LLP, Mr. Escamilla counts many Texas school districts among his clients.