Senate Committee Okays Voucher Bill

Split Vote Signals Fight Ahead: The Senate Education Committee by a vote of seven to three on Thursday approved a committee substitute for SB 3, the voucher bill by committee chair Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood). The outcome in committee came as no surprise, considering that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had stacked the committee this year with […]

House Bills Would Curb State Testing Excesses, Delay Rollout of A-F Ratings

A batch of bills heard in the House Public Education Committee this week would make significant strides toward reining in the outsized role of standardized state testing in school accountability. The leading bill is HB 22 by committee chair Dan Huberty (R-Houston), which would delay use of A-F ratings until August 2019, giving the Legislature […]

Speaking Out Against State Senate’s Voucher Plan

An all-day, all-evening hearing on the top voucher bill in the Texas Senate has made it plain that even in the pro-voucher Senate there will be serious resistance to the diversion of taxpayer dollars without accountability to private schools. Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro, testifying late in the evening on Tuesday, recapped what scores of […]

Private-school voucher bill hearing set for Tuesday at the state Capitol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2017 CONTACT: Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 Vouchers would drain taxpayer money from public schools and funnel it to private schools with no accountability. Texas Public Schools could lose more than $2 billion! SB 3, the big voucher bill of the 2017 session by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), comes up for a […]

Fraudulent Pro-Voucher Letters to Legislators Exposed

We thought we’d seen it all, but now comes word from the state Capitol that lawmakers have been receiving hundreds of pro-voucher letters purportedly coming from folks in their home districts–which those folks never sent or authorized. As reported by the Texas Tribune online news site, it seems the letters are all originating in Austin, […]

Legislative Wrap-Up for March 17

Controversial Pick for Pension Board Faces Texas Senate Opposition: Serious opposition has developed in the Texas Senate to the appointment of Josh McGee to serve as chair of the State Pension Review Board. McGee is a prominent critic of state-guaranteed pension benefits and is employed by a foundation in Houston that has led attacks on […]

Committee Vote Coming Up on Fox in the Pension Henhouse; School Finance and Property Tax News

Committee Vote Coming Up on Fox in the Pension Henhouse: The Senate Nominations Committee is due to act March 16 on a State Pension Review Board appointee known for his criticism of guaranteed pension benefits. Josh McGee, Gov. Greg Abbott’s choice to chair the Review Board, is a functionary of the Houston-based Arnold Foundation that […]