Tag: Texas and school choice

Apocalypse Not: K-12 choice and rural Texas education

  Jason Bedrick and I co-authored a new study for the Heritage Foundation last week in which we test an assertion made by Texas choice opponents: choice will destroy rural education. Opponents bandy this assertion as if it were a self-evident fact, but can the assertion withstand scrutiny? Sadly, we[Read More…]

ESAs aren’t vouchers – and yes, Texans need them

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jonathan Butcher, Will Skillman senior fellow in education at The Heritage Foundation and a reimaginED guest blogger, and Mike Gonzalez, the foundation’s Angeles T. Arredondo E Pluribus Unum senior fellow, appeared Friday on houstonchronicle.com.   Will additional private education choices force a mass exodus from[Read More…]

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott threatens to veto pared-down school choice bill, warns of special sessions

Editor’s note: This article appeared Sunday on texastribune.org. Gov. Greg Abbot on Sunday said he would veto a toned-down version of a bill to offer school vouchers in Texas, and threatened to call legislators back for special sessions if they don’t “expand the scope of school choice” this month. “Parents and[Read More…]

Corey DeAngelis: Texas school choice proposals in 88th legislative session

Senior fellow at the American Federation for Children Corey DeAngelis joined The Texan earlier this week to discuss the ongoing push for school choice policies in Texas. Among the issues DeAngelis talked about was the momentum the school choice movement is enjoying across the nation, the hesitation rural lawmakers often[Read More…]

Abbott touts Florida’s education success as reason for Texas to pass school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on centersquare.com Texas should strive to have the best educational system in the country, Gov. Greg Abbott says, and that’s why he’s supporting school choice initiatives in the Legislature. “What’s our goal for public education in Texas?” he asked a crowd of business[Read More…]

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says fight isn’t over after House vote signaling opposition to school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on texastribune.org. Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday he was not discouraged after the Texas House took a key vote rejecting one his highest priorities this legislative session. The House voted 86-52 on Thursday to amend the budget to ban state funding for “school[Read More…]

Can Texas keep up with Florida?

One of my darkest days as a sports fan came in January of 1991. Mrs. Ladner and I were on our honeymoon in Paris, and I picked up a copy of the International Herald Tribune. On the front cover was a photo of University of Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland[Read More…]

Texas legislation would compensate rural districts if students leave for private schools

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on texasscorecard.com. On the last day of bill filing for the current legislative session, priority legislation on the expansion of school choice and parental rights was finally filed in the Texas Senate. State Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) revealed the bill Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is[Read More…]