Dan Patrick

Ryan Poppe

Legislation to reform school funding is “dead.”  That’s what Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a statement late Wednesday.

The biggest rift over the school funding bill boiled down to vouchers backed by Patrick.  He pressed the Senate to add vouchers to the House’s legislation.

Ryan Poppe

A bill that would create private school choice programs by allowing state funds to be used on private school education has passed out of the Texas Senate Thursday and on to the House. Some of the biggest concerns about the Republican-led bill came from other Republicans.

State Sen. Larry Taylor made several changes to his original bill aimed at creating private school choice programs in Texas. One change decreases the overall amount of state funds that fuel the bill’s Education Savings Accounts and tax-credit scholarships.

Ryan Poppe

Texans from across the state are at the State Capitol in Austin today telling lawmakers how they feel about the Texas Privacy Act, better known as the Transgender Bathroom Bill.  More than 400 signed up to testify at the first public hearing on legislation that has implications for businesses and families.

From Texas Standard:

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has made expanding school choice one of his top priorities for the 2017 legislative session.

Patrick tried to pass a private school voucher program when he was a state senator and chairman of the Senate Education Committee, which would have given state money directly to public school students for private school tuition. This session he is working with Texans for Education Opportunity, a conservative nonprofit advocacy organization, to craft the specifics of Senate Bill 3.

Ryan E. Poppe

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has always felt comfortable in the political spotlight.  But his frequent headlines have made many believe he wanted to move on to a higher office ... maybe Governor.  Patrick took time Monday to put a stop to that speculation.

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