“Lunch Shaming”

One of the newer causes of Leftists is “lunch shaming,” which is, as one website puts it, “what happens when a child can’t pay a school lunch bill.” School districts treat the issue differently, but many require the child to pay for his meal by working or simply take the meal away from him.

To […]

Segregation and Choice

While acknowledging that Houston is the most ethnically and racially diverse city in the nation, the Chronicle has been regularly publishing articles showing how segregated Houston is. According to these articles, most Houstonians live in neighborhoods that are predominantly of their own race or ethnicity.

If these articles were simply pointing out demographic facts, that […]

Ending Educational Politics

Last week, the Texas State Board of Education changed its high school science standards. Critics had complained that existing standards encourage the teaching of creationism. These types of political controversies would not exist if government schools were abolished.

As it is, the state board establishes standards that all schools must follow. Parents have input only […]

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 […]