Some Texas legislators have been pushing school vouchers for years. (You know, like those scholarships we give to private schools in Alabama through the Alabama Accountability Act.) And while the Senate has been friendly to the idea, the House of Representatives has not.
According to the Austin Statesman newspaper, results from the Nov. 6 general election show that the number of pro-voucher legislators shrunk.
“The issue of private school vouchers — shifting public education dollars to private school tuition — once a priority of conservative state lawmakers from suburban districts, seems destined for the back burner during the coming legislative session.
At least a half-dozen more opponents to the idea were elected to the Texas Legislature this month, amid widespread Democratic gains. In past sessions, Democrats and rural Republicans, concerned that a voucher system would erode traditional public schools, blocked all voucher measures in the House. Voucher bills have easily passed the GOP-dominated Senate.
Proponents call the idea “school choice” because it would give some students the option to leave poorly rated neighborhood public schools for private ones.” (Sound familiar?)
Unlike here in Alabama, Texas has a number of public school advocacy groups such as Raise Your Hand Texas and Texas Parent PAC, who played an active role in electing both Republican and Democrat public education-friendly Senators and Representatives.
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