Texas: Special Session of Legislature Opens Tomorrow, to Restart Voucher Debate

The beast that won’t die, vouchers.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Governor Greg Abbott has called a special session of the Texas legislature, beginning tomorrow, which will consider a school finance reform bill and vouchers, among other things.

The public schools of Texas are underfunded. In 2011, the legislature cut the public school budget by more than $5 billion. Despite a growth in enrollment, that money has never been restored.

Sensible leaders recognize the inequity of the situation and propose an increase of $1.6 billion. But the state senate, led by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, will not pass the increase without passing vouchers. The state senate has repeatedly approved vouchers while the House has repeatedly rejected them. Both houses are controlled by Republicans.

One of the most consistent voices in opposition to vouchers has been the Pastors for Texas Children.

In this editorial, the Reverend Marv Knox , explains the principled opposition of Baptist ministers to vouchers. Baptists ardently support…

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