School Choice aka Vouchers

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  • The Rebranding of Vouchers: Education Savings Accounts

    by Ramiro Canales, TASA Year Published: December 2016

    "The program du jour that has generated the most interest and traction is the education savings account (ESA). To proponents, ESAs are not vouchers. They are an innovative and customized option for parents who seek a quality education for their children. In their view, ESAs will spur competition between public and private schools to secure the funding that each parent receives. To opponents, however, it is a voucher with a politically acceptable moniker." Read the full article.

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  • What Indiana's Voucher Program Says About Education in the Trump Era

    by Emma Brown and Mandy McLaren, The Washington Post Year Published: December 2016

    "Most recipients are not leaving the state’s worst schools: Just 3 percent of new recipients of vouchers in 2015 qualified for them because they lived in the boundaries of F-rated public schools. And while overall private school enrollment grew by 12,000 students over the past five years, the number of voucher recipients grew by 29,000, according to state data, meaning that taxpayer money is potentially helping thousands of families pay for a choice they were already making. Most recipients qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, according to state data, but a growing proportion — now 31 percent — do not." Read the full article.

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  •  Voucher Talking Points 2015

    Talking Points on Private School Vouchers

    by TASA Year Published: 2015
    Discussion of taxpayer-funded private school vouchers has surfaced in every Texas legislative session since 1995. After years of unsuccessful attempts to pass legislation, proponents introduced vouchers in the form of “tax credits” and “taxpayer savings grants,” but they were unsuccessful yet again in 2011 and 2013. In 2015, vouchers were back and key leaders declared passage of a voucher program to be a high priority. Defeating voucher legislation requires reminding lawmakers of the damage vouchers would do to Texas’ public schools. Read the talking points.
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  •  Taxpayer Savings Grants Talking Points

    Talking Points on Taxpayer Savings Grants

    by TASA Year Published: 2015
    After years of unsuccessful attempts to pass private school voucher legislation in Texas, proponents attempted a rebranding of sorts in 2011, when they introduced “taxpayer savings grants.” Don’t let the more marketable name fool you; these “grants” are simply private school vouchers. The first taxpayer savings grant bill, HB 33, was filed during a 2011 special session. Although it was left pending in committee and not debated by either the Texas House or Senate, the idea caught on with voucher proponents. During the 2013 session, taxpayer savings grants were the rallying cry of voucher supporters. Read more about taxpayer savings grants.
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Related TASA Capitol Watch Alerts

House Public Education Committee to Meet on School Choice
10.06.2016 — The House Public Education Committee will meet October 17 on school choice.

Senate Committee on Education Schedules Meetings on Interim Charges
06.27.2016 — In addition to the meeting scheduled for August 3, three additional meetings have been scheduled for the Senate Committee on Education.

Lieutenant Governor Releases Senate Education Interim Charges
10.12.2015 — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued interim charges for the Senate Education Committee. Issues include school choice, teacher preparation and retention, broadband access, charter schools, and school board governance.

Texas Senate to Debate Virtual School Voucher Bill
05.12.2015 — The Texas Senate is scheduled to debate SB 894 at any time. SB 894 makes significant changes to the virtual school network that would have the same effect as vouchers.

Texas Senate Gives Final OK to CSSB 4 “Tax Credit Scholarship” Voucher Bill
04.21.2015 — Today, without further debate, the full Senate gave final approval to CSSB 4, which would allow a business to receive a tax credit in exchange for a donation to an educational assistance organization that would distribute funding for “scholarships” for special-needs and low-income students who apply for the program.

Texas Senate Passes Voucher Bill
04.20.2015 — The full Senate today gave preliminary approval to CSSB 4, the committee substitute for the main private school voucher bill, which could create a “tax credit scholarship” program.

Tuesday, April 14, Was a Full Day of Education Discussions at the Capitol
04.14.2015 — SB 4, the main voucher bill, was not heard on the Senate floor Tuesday as expected, but the Senate passed its two-year, $211.4 billion budget, and many other education-related bills were discussed in both chambers' education committees.

Voucher Bill Expected to Go Before Full Senate Tuesday, April 14
04.13.2015 — SB 4, the voucher bill to watch this session, could be heard on the Senate floor as early as tomorrow. The Senate Education Committee passed the bill out of committee on April 7.

Voucher, Parent Trigger Bills Pass Out of Senate Education Committee
04.08.2015 — The Senate Education Committee met Tuesday, April 7, and passed out four bills.

Texas House of Representatives to Debate School Funding and Vouchers
03.31.2015 — Today at noon, the Texas House of Representatives will begin debating more than 350 amendments to HB 1, the Appropriations Act. Included in the amendments are several relating to school funding and vouchers.

Voucher Bills on Senate Education Committee Agenda for Thursday, March 26
03.23.2015 — Several private school voucher bills will be heard by the Texas Senate Education Committee at 8 a.m., Thursday, March 26 in Room E1.028 on the first floor of the Capitol Extension.

Coalition for Public Schools to Hold Symposium on Vouchers
12.01.2014 — The Coalition for Public Schools is hosting a pre-legislative education symposium that will examine the flaws of voucher programs. Respected academic researchers and Texas education leaders will discuss the various issues on Tuesday, December 2.

TEA Commissioner Includes Voucher Model in TX Pre-K Grant Application
10.28.2014 — TEA has submitted an application for a federal preschool expansion grant and is calling the proposal the Texas Prekindergarten Expansion Grant (PEG).

Senate Education Committee and House Ways & Means Committee to Hear Voucher Bills Tuesday
04.08.2013 — Immediate Action Needed! Contact members of these committees (listed below) and urge them to oppose these bills that divert public money from public schools - either directly as voucher programs or indirectly via tax credits!

Senate Education Meets Tuesday, March 5
03.01.2013 — The Senate Education committee will meet Tuesday, March 5 at 8:30 a.m. in room E1.208 to take up a variety of bills that include: school choice for certain students with disabilities, school district grading policies, and several bills that relate to school counselors.

Voucher Alert
01.23.2013 — The legislative session has begun and the topic of vouchers, taxpayer savings grants, tax credits and other measures that would divert money away from public schools is being discussed throughout the capitol. Many legislators are claiming they haven't heard from their districts on these issues or that none of these proposals would impact their schools. Some legislators are under the impression that some proposals would not impact their schools.

Reminder: Anti-Voucher Resolution Available for Board Consideration
01.17.2013 — Several school districts have contacted TASA requesting a sample resolution that opposes vouchers, taxpayer savings grants, tax credits, or any other provisions that would divert money away from public schools. A notice in TASA Daily was sent prior to the holidays announcing that a sample resolution was available for school districts.
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