Stop Taxpayer Money Going to Private Schools

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has put passage of a private-school voucher bill in the mix for his top legislative priorities this session. The key bill on that agenda is SB 3 by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), which would create so-called education savings accounts and tuition tax credits to funnel scarce taxpayer dollars to unaccountable private-school […]

Lt. Gov. Patrick Cranks out Another Voucher Bill

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held a state Capitol press conference Monday afternoon to roll out his latest onslaught against public schools. We refer to Senate Bill 3, a private-school  voucher bill that Patrick has entrusted to Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), chair of the Senate Education Committee. The bill would create so-called education savings accounts and […]

Pro-Voucher Rally at Capitol Does Not Alter the Facts

Today pro-voucher forces, joined by Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, rallied at the state Capitol in support of legislation that would undermine public education by transferring state taxpayer dollars to private schools subject to minimal if not zero academic and financial accountability. Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro commented: When the governor and […]

Statement on ‘school choice’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 24, 2017 CONTACT: Rob D’Amico (512-627-1343) Louis Malfaro, president of the 65,000-member Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, commented today on school choice: When the governor and lieutenant governor talk about school choice, they are talking about choice for private schools to pick and choose the students they will […]

Speaker Straus Not Keen on Vouchers or Bathroom Policies

House Speaker Joe Straus Tuesday threw cold water on a couple of ideas hotly pursued by the Senate’s presiding officer, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Straus said fixing school funding would be a House priority in the 2017 session, while imposing private-school vouchers and overriding local schools’ policies on accommodations for transgender students would not be. […]

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s 2017 Education Plans Panned

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s attempts to frame the education agenda of the 2017 legislative session starting in January continue to falter in the face of well-earned criticism. First his plan to make some version of private-school vouchers the Legislature’s foremost education priority met an icy reception in a hearing of the House Public Education Committee […]

A Welcome Editorial Turn against Vouchers

The Dallas Morning News has been friendly in the past to arguments promoting “school choice” as a supposed mechanism for school improvement, and the editors apparently still like the charter-school version of that idea. But today the editorial board came out with a surprisingly strong critique of private-school vouchers and the Texas politicians pushing voucher […]

Trump’s education plan would decimate public education

By Randi Weingarten President, American Federation of Teachers Donald Trump doesn’t have any use for public schools—he never attended them, sent his kids to them or supported civic efforts to strengthen them. So perhaps it’s no surprise that he would propose a plan that would decimate public education. But 90 percent of America’s children attend […]

Private-School Voucher Proposals Lose Traction in Texas House Hearing

The Texas Senate may be enamored of private-school vouchers, but the Texas House is a different story. The House Public Education Committee made that clear in a day-long hearing on October 17 featuring tough questioning of voucher advocates by a majority of committee members, both Republican and Democratic. Republican Rep. Marsha Farney of Georgetown led […]

“Neovouchers” Allow Wealthy to Profit off of Public Funds for Schools

From our national American Federation of Teachers affiliate comes word of a new report on the latest voucher scam: Ten U.S. states are blatantly circumventing public opposition or constitutional obstacles to publicly funded private school vouchers by allowing wealthy taxpayers to turn a profit on “charitable” contributions to private schools, a report released this week […]