Whose Money Is It?

Last week, the Texas House effectively killed school choice, at least for now. By a vote of 103-44 in the Republican controlled House, legislators prohibited the use of tax money for private schools. Gov. Gregg Abbott, who supports school choice, said that the issue may be revived before the legislative session ends.

The debate over […]

The Enemies of Choice

Last Thursday, the Texas Senate passed a school voucher bill that would allow parents to use government school funds for private and parochial schools. The Chronicle called the bill a “version of so-called ‘school choice’ legislation,” implying that the issue isn’t really about choice. But it is about choice, and defenders of government schools are […]

Defending the Indefensible

Government school bureaucrats are circling the wagons. They believe that their fiefdoms are under assault by charter schools and school voucher advocates. In response, bureaucrats from at least twenty-five local school districts have formed a coalition to improve the government school “brand.”

The organization—Go Public Gulf Coast—is divided on the issue of working with charter […]

Rally for School Choice

Approximately 4,000 people gathered in Austin on Tuesday to support more educational choices for Texas parents. Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke in favor of giving parents more choices. Predictably, the political Left opposes more school choice. The Chronicle reports:

Opponents say Patrick’s plans to allow parents to pay for private […]

Educational Savings Accounts

The Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Austin, is pushing the state legislature to allow for Educational Savings Accounts (ESA). In a policy paper, the organization states ESAs will address government school funding issues while giving parents more educational choices.

ESAs are a step in the right direction, albeit a very […]

An Example of What Education Can Be

Here is a great example of what education can be when government isn’t involved. The cost per student is about 40 percent of government schools, which makes it an affordable alternative for the middle class.

Check Your Premises

For months, the Chronicle has been waging a campaign for government school reform. A seemingly endless series of articles, editorials, and opinion pieces have addressed government schools. And without exception, these pieces have two things in common.

The first commonality is that everyone agrees that government schools are broken. Whether it is school funding, the […]

Opportunity and Choice

Chronicle business reporter Lydia DePillis argues that, while Houston is a city that offers opportunity to businessmen and entrepreneurs, it is less inviting to low-income families.

Whether Houston offers opportunity for people who don’t have much to start with, however — that’s less clear. And it’s downright undermined by Mayor Turner’s decision to block a […]

Children As Products

Every once in a while, a statist makes a very revealing statement that exposes his true thoughts. As an example, consider an opinion piece by Gary G. Godsey, executive director for the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Godsey writes:

Schools aren’t businesses, and they shouldn’t be run like them. Businesses can choose what type of […]

Making the Grade

In January, the Texas Education Agency will release a sneak peak on its “report card” for the state’s government schools. The new A to F grading system has school districts in an uproar, and more than forty of them have approved resolutions denouncing the system.

The Texas Tribune reports:

Meanwhile, administrator and teachers groups are […]