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 […]
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 […]
There is a great deal of uproar across the nation about school choice and vouchers. In a story last week, the Chronicle quotes a mother who reveals a sad fact about many parents:
“Vouchers don’t come with any oversight of the schools in which they’re spent,” Caudill [the mother] said. “They put the parent in […]
While defending government schools with raging vehemence, the Chronicle routinely complains about nearly every aspect of those schools. They complain that funding is unfair, grading schools and districts is misleading, we aren’t paying enough attention to ESL and poor students, state skills tests of students are unreasonable, and on and on and on. A recent […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Last Friday, the Texas Education Agency released its first “report cards” for government schools. As expected, education bureaucrats aren’t happy with the results. As one example, Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt said:
Our legislators’ ‘ranking’ and comparing of public schools feeds the agenda of those claiming our public schools are failing and vouchers, tax credits, […]
According to the Chronicle, it’s not enough that taxpayers pay for the education of Texas children through high school. The paper also wants taxpayers to pay for their college education. Otherwise, the paper laments, Texas colleges might have to start recruiting foreign born students who will pay higher tuition rates.
Whatever the policy looks like, […]