McALLEN — A group of a few dozen protesters with signs and the red and black United Farm Workers flags marched up and down the sidewalk just beyond the fenced perimeter of Covenant Christian Academy Wednesday evening.

Roughly ten minutes before 6 p.m., a caravan of black vehicles pulled into a parking lot behind the school, and Gov. Greg Abbott, surrounded by security, was ushered into the school.

As he made his way, the protesters — some armed with megaphones — broke into chants.

“Empower public schools!”

“The teachers united will never be divided!”

“No school vouchers!”

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Texas Governor Greg Abbott poses with students after addressing the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Demonstrators protest outside as Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Attendees raise their hands in prayer for Texas Governor Greg Abbott as he addressed the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Texas Governor Greg Abbott poses with students after addressing the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Attendees raise their hands in prayer for Texas Governor Greg Abbott as he addressed the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Demonstrators protest outside as Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Everardo Saldaña waves a flag during a protest with others as Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Attendees raise their hands in prayer as Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Texas Governor Greg Abbott bows his head in prayer before he addressed the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Protestors hold signs outside Covenant Christian Academy as Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses the Parent Empowerment Coalition on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Protestors hold signs outside Covenant Christian Academy as Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses the Parent Empowerment Coalition on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Protestors hold signs outside Covenant Christian Academy as Texas Governor Greg Abbott addressed the Parent Empowerment Coalition on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Protestors chant outside Covenant Christian Academy as Texas Governor Greg Abbott addressed the Parent Empowerment Coalition on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])

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Attendees raise their hands in prayer for Texas Governor Greg Abbott as he addressed the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Demonstrators protest outside as Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Attendees raise their hands in prayer as Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Texas Governor Greg Abbott bows his head in prayer before he addressed the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Protestors hold signs outside Covenant Christian Academy as Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses the Parent Empowerment Coalition on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Protestors hold signs outside Covenant Christian Academy as Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses the Parent Empowerment Coalition on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Protestors hold signs outside Covenant Christian Academy as Texas Governor Greg Abbott addressed the Parent Empowerment Coalition on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Protestors chant outside Covenant Christian Academy as Texas Governor Greg Abbott addressed the Parent Empowerment Coalition on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
Texas Governor Greg Abbott poses with students after addressing the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Covenant Christian Academy on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])