An Early Win on Vouchers in Marathon House Budget Debate

A big thank-you is in order for those of you who have written and called your Texas House members in opposition to private-school vouchers, because today your efforts paid off. Early in the House floor debate on the 2018-2019 state budget bill, a bipartisan anti-voucher amendment was adopted by a vote of 103 to 44.

Authors of the amendment were Reps. Abel Herrero (D-Corpus Christi) and Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston). Their amendment bluntly said:  “Money appropriated by this Act may not be used to pay for or support a school voucher, education savings account, or tax credit scholarship or a similar program through which a child may use state money for nonpublic primary or secondary education.”

At this writing, a couple of pro-voucher amendments have yet to be brought up for a vote. But an attempt by Rep. Briscoe Cain (R-Houston) to insert a pro-voucher proposal as an exception to the Herrero/VanDeaver anti-voucher amendment was soundly defeated, by a vote of 117 to 27.

You can expect more reporting on key budget votes in upcoming Hotlines.


  1. Mary Snell says

    Thank you Rep. Gary VanDeaver for your strong support of public education, students, and active and retired school employees.

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