Vouchers

Voucher bills simply divert public funds away from neighborhood public schools to private institutions or companies and are objectionable for a number of reasons.  Historically in the United States of America, public funds have been used for the common good and when they are appropriated to inure to the benefit of private citizens it is deemed as immoral and inappropriate.

The Coalition for Public Schools delivered letters to every House and Senate member at the beginning of the 86th Texas Legislature. See one of the letters below:

Letter to Senator

Voucher bills that are introduced in the Texas Legislature will be listed below.  Click on the bill number to read the bill and to track bill activity. Click on the name of the author to find out more about them:

Senate Bills – 86th Texas Legislature

SB 380 (Hall) – This bill would have removed the cap on the number of online courses that may be taken by a student. The Coalition for Public Schools registered opposition and delivered a letter to Senate members opposing this bill.  The bill was left pending in committee.

SB 947 (Campbell) – This bill would have removed the requirement that students of those serving in the military must have previously attended a public school in order enroll in online virtual courses. The Coalition for Public schools registered opposition and delivered a letter to Senate members opposing this bill.  The bill was left pending in committee.

SB 1455 (Taylor) – The introduced version of this bill essentially allowed the Commissioner of Education to grant a charter to a private vendor or private entity to operate a full-time virtual school, removed the substantially similar course prohibition, removed the requirement that students must have previously attended a traditional public school, and removed the cap on the number of virtual courses allowable. The committee substitute for the bill removed the charter grant provision but still retained the other provisions.  The Coalition registered opposition and delivered a letter to Senate members opposing the bill. The bill passed the Senate and was referred to the House Public Education Committee. We testified against this bill on May 7 (44:16). The bill was left pending in committee.

House Bills – 86th Texas Legislature

HB 429 (Shaheen) – Would have removed the prohibition from offering a virtual course when a district offers a substantially similar course. Would have removed the cap on the number of virtual courses that can be taken. I testified against this bill on April 16 (22:06) on behalf of the Coalition for Public Schools. The bill was left pending in committee.

Senate Bills – 85th Texas Legislature

SB 3 (Taylor, L.)- SB 3 is a voucher bill that includes both an education savings account (ESA) and an insurance premium tax credit.  Click here to find out more about SB 3.

SB 542 (Bettencourt)- SB 542 is a voucher bill that provides for a credit against an entity’s insurance premium tax liability.  Click here to find out more about SB 542.

House Bills – 85th Texas Legislature

 HB 1184 (Bohac) – HB 1184 is the companion bill to SB 542.  It provies for a credit against an entity’s insruance premium tax liability.  Click here to find out more about HB 1184.

HB 1335 (Simmons) – HB 1335 is a voucher bill that provides an education savings account (ESA) for students with a disability.  Click here to find out more about HB 1335.

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For more information contact Dr. Charles Luke at charlesluke43@gmail.com or by phone at 940-768-8594.