During their special session, the Texas Senate has already passed a private school voucher bill, and now, this bill heads to the House Public Education Committee for approval. Now is the time to remind your state legislators that you oppose vouchers!
Private school voucher schemes, including tuition tax credits (TTCs), funnel public money away from Texas public schools and fund primarily religious schools, violating our country’s commitment to the separation of church and state.
Texas’ children deserve the best education possible, but vouchers won’t provide it. Studies show that vouchers do not improve academic achievement or provide greater educational opportunities for disadvantaged students, and students offered vouchers perform no better—and sometimes worse—in reading and math than their public school counterparts.
And voucher programs targeted at students with disabilities, like this one, are especially troubling. Private voucher schools do not adequately serve students with disabilities. Those students also lose important civil rights protections and access to quality services.
Urge your legislators to vote NO on vouchers during the special legislative session because public money should not be diverted from public schools to subsidize private religious schools.