87th Legislature Preview: Texas Can’t Afford Two School Systems

Texas lawmakers are facing one of the biggest budget shortfalls in recent history. But even in the headwinds of economic devastation from the coronavirus pandemic and falling oil prices, lawmakers have an opportunity, one that allows them to fund public schools by walking back unfettered charter school growth. The state of Texas spends $3.6 billion each year to support a second school system, made up of privately administered, but publicly funded charter schools. Texas AFT President Zeph Capo penned an op/ed asking why.

Recent charter school scandals have made national headlines and put a spotlight on how charter school boards have been using public dollars, like IDEA Schools using taxpayer dollars on a private jet and luxury boxes at sporting events. Join us next Wednesday at 5pm as we host a Facebook Live panel with Texas legislators that have filed bills on charter school transparency and accountability. Sign up here!

We’re asking the tough questions about for-profit charter schools because Texans deserve better. As we head into a legislative session where state lawmakers will have to make difficult budget decisions, we must make it clear that Texas is making a bad investment in for-profit charter schools. Would you rather have your tax dollars in public schools or for-profit charter schools? #ProtectPublicSchools