Fans of school choice—like private school vouchers and charter schools—celebrated Milton Friedman’s birthday by describing how baffled they are by opposition from public schools.
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Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) is one of several senators pushing for school choice and lauding it as the “civil rights issue of our time.” Expect to see bigger battles on school choice in the days ahead.
House Speaker Joe Straus has made it clear that his chamber won’t be passing any school voucher bills this session. An amendment to the budget today sealed the deal.
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.
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.”
But between the guest of honor’s last name and his tremendous faith in high-stakes testing, visiting the Senate chamber this morning felt a lot less like reform than a trip back to 1999.
Education reformers tout the benefits of charter schools, online learning and technology-driven instruction.
State Sen. Dan Patrick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announce plan for a “revolution” in Texas’ school system built on school choice, but not necessarily “vouchers.”