school vouchers

Ryan Poppe

Education leaders in the Texas Senate discussed the creation of tax-credit vouchers and private school choice options on Tuesday.  It’s an issue that has pitted House education leaders against those in the Senate when it comes to public school funding vs. private school options.

Friendswood Republican Sen. Larry Taylor is the chairman of the Senate Education Committee and the author of a bill that would create a private school choice option as an alternative to public schools in Texas.

Ryan Poppe

Hundreds of parents, lawmakers and private school choice advocates rallied Tuesday at the state capitol.  They want legislation that would allow public tax dollars to be used to pay for private schools. School choice divides three key leaders who may decide the issue.
 

On the Capitol steps Gov. Greg Abbott told the crowd he supports Texas lawmakers giving parents an affordable option to a traditional public education.
 

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 Poppe

When state lawmakers meet in January they will once again square off over using public school dollars to pay for attending private schools.   Opponents of that practice call it a voucher program.  Supporters tend to call it school choice.  And the debate during this next session will include special needs children.

Ryan Poppe

 

A school choice program under judicial review in Nevada is also one being considered by Texas lawmakers.  Education leaders are learning about education savings accounts and how they would benefit the state.

 

 

 

According to Nevada State Sen. Scott Hammond, the author of his state’s 2015 “school choice” law, education savings accounts allow parents to save for the cost of their child’s education.  The state transfers 90-percent of the funds the child’s school district would’ve received from the state into that parent’s education savings account. 

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