Patrick’s bill, SB1410, would create what he calls the Texas Equal Opportunity Scholarship Program. It’s the largest voucher program in any bill filed this session, offering private school vouchers for at-risk and low-income students, with a priority for kids in low-rated schools.
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This morning, Patrick blew the whistle on yet another crisis he deems roughly equal to the fight against racial injustice a half-century ago: parochial school students who can’t play baseball against public school students in the University Interscholastic League.
Higher ed leaders estimate Dan Patrick’s new high school graduation plan could send 2,500 more students to college unprepared. Patrick disagrees, saying the standards he’s setting are more rigorous, not less.
Wednesday, from the Rio Grande Guardian, came word that a voucher “pilot program” could be introduced by—wait for it—Democratic state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. He just doesn’t want to call it “vouchers.”
It was a telling diversion in an otherwise agreeable budget meeting to watch a pair of Democratic senators try to make Patrick, the usually tight-fisted tea party favorite, defend the extra cost of his school reform plans.
The Lead: It was Grammy day at the Capitol apparently, with the Josh Abbott Band and Paul Wall’s famous mouth jewelry appearing in the […]
A Senate hearing today on a bill that would restrict use of RU-486, the so-called abortion pill, felt almost perfunctory.
Today’s hearing on standardized test reform drew an unusually large contingent of students to the Senate Education Committee. Several were particularly glad to be there because Tuesday was a benchmark testing day at their school.
Dan Patrick’s charter school bill reads like a wish list for school choice fans: facilities funding for charter schools, an end to the cap on state-approved charters, and a dedicated board to grant charters.
Aycock’s House Bill 5 is a monstrous reworking of the education code that finally commits to legalese the testing and accountability reforms he and other lawmakers have batted around for the last year or so. Still, Aycock stressed this morning that it’s only meant as a starting point.