Pastors for Texas Children: The Voucher Vote

Diane Ravitch's blog

Pastors for Texas Children issued this statement in response to the defeat on Wednesday of a voucher bill by the House of Representatives. PTC has been a strong ally of parents and educators who oppose the diversion of public funds to private and religious schools.

“The Texas House of Representatives resoundingly repudiated private school vouchers today in two additional votes, both by 2/3 margins, adding to the overwhelming defeat of vouchers in general from earlier in the legislative session.

“In a surprising procedural move, the Texas Senate last week attached a voucher amendment to HB 21, the much-needed school funding bill providing structural relief for our community and neighborhood schools.

“But, thanks to your strong witness and that of countless thousands of others, House Speaker Joe Straus, House Public Ed Committee Chair Dan Huberty, and other House leaders stood their ground against the Senate leadership’s cynical ploy, and returned HB…

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