The fight against diversion of scarce taxpayer dollars from the public schools to unaccountable private schools enters a new phase at the state Capitol this week. The voucher fight will play out as part of the state House budget debate coming up on Thursday, April 6.
Two bad House amendments to advance Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s voucher schemes must be rejected emphatically by the Texas House. The two bad amendments have been proposed by Rep. Briscoe Cain (R-Houston) and Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton). They would help funnel public dollars to unaccountable private schools via so-called “education savings accounts.”
On the other hand, four good amendments would block any form of public funding for vouchers. Three of these are by Rep. Abel Herrero (D-Corpus Christi), and one by Rep. Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston). They would bar any use of state funds for aid to unaccountable private schools, no matter what shape they take–whether they are traditional vouchers transferring public funds directly to private operators or indirect diversion devices like “education savings accounts” or “tax credit scholarships.”
Please send your email letter now to your state representative in support of the bipartisan anti-voucher amendments by Herrero and VanDeaver and in opposition to the pro-voucher amendments by Cain and Simmons. Help the Texas House put a halt to Dan Patrick’s voucher machinations!