Topic: Vouchers

State Senate’s Assault on Public Education Intensifies—Get Ready

After a stumbling start on July 18, the assault on public education led by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is gathering momentum in the Texas Senate where he presides. At midnight tonight, Patrick expects to complete action on the one must-pass bill of the special session and then, with the help of an expansion of the session’s agenda by Gov. Greg...

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Reflections on the rally for public education:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2017 CONTACT:  Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 Texans are fed up with the destructive course plotted by Abbott and Patrick   Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro commented today on the rally for public education at the state Capitol: Today’s rally for public education is yet another clear sign that Texans are fed up with the destructive agenda...

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Time for them to get off the toilet…

Gov. Abbott’s call for a special session is long on diversions and distractions but short on the state funding needed to make real headway on neglected priorities: school finance, education employees’ pay and benefits, and property-tax relief. Act now to help legislators get their priorities straight!

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Bills Pre-Filed for July 18 Special Session: Good, Bad, Ugly

State lawmakers have been quick to take Gov. Greg Abbott up on his invitation yesterday to start filing bills for the special session he has called for July 18. Only a couple of the pre-filed bills relate to the one must-pass item formally placed on the Legislature’s agenda by Abbott thus far:  extension of the “sunset” expiration date for the Texas...

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Setting the Record Straight on the Death of a Good School-Finance Bill in Regular Session

A recent, hard-hitting article from Fort Bend ISD board president Kristin Tassin tells how a poison pill administered by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick killed a good school-finance bill, HB 21 by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston), in the regular session of the Texas Legislature that ended last month. We reprint Tassin’s widely published article here for your edification as we head...

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House Emphatically Rejects Senate Voucher “Poison Pill”

The Senate's attempt to force acceptance of a private-school voucher scheme by inserting it in a House school-finance bill suffered a major setback today. The House voted 134 to 15 against concurrence in the Senate changes to HB 21, the good school-finance bill by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston). Not only that, the House for good measure supported a motion to...

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Senate voucher scheme holds school funding hostage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 23, 2017 CONTACT:  Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 Texas AFT members urge state reps to reject private-school vouchers that poisoned a crucial school-finance bill A key school-finance bill passed by the Texas House was hijacked last week by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and some members of the Texas Senate intent on passing a scheme for private-school vouchers. “These...

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Post-Midnight Voucher Vote in Texas Senate Deserves Swift House Rejection

HB 21, a good school-finance bill as it left the House, has been turned into a voucher bill in the Texas Senate. That's the bottom-line significance of the post-midnight vote of the Senate on HB 21 on May 22.  The vote was 21-10--pretty much the same margin by which another voucher bill passed in the Senate months ago. That earlier...

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Budget Deal, Voucher Vote, Bathroom Bill

--First Look at a State Budget Deal --Voucher Bill on Senate Agenda for Vote Sunday Evening --Transgender "Bathroom" Bill Returning as an Amendment? First Look at a State Budget Deal:  A House-Senate conference committee on the state budget bill for the next two fiscal years came to an agreement at 1 a.m. Saturday night. Final drafting of the post-midnight deal...

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