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.
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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.