Tell Senators: Say ‘No’ to Senate Bill 3

by TFN

No VouchersThe Texas Senate Committee on Education will hear a bill designed to accomplish something Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has long sought to do: strip funds from our neighborhood public schools by passing private school voucher scheme legislation.

The bill, Senate Bill 3, would create “Education Savings Accounts” and “Tax Credit Scholarships,” which are just other names for voucher schemes. In other words, this is two voucher bills in one.

We need you to tell senators to support our public schools by voting “No” on SB3. You can help by taking one or both of these actions:

1. Come testify at the hearing. The hearing starts at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 21, in room E1.028 of the Capitol extension.
2. Call the senators on the committee.

Talking points, for your testimony or for when you call, can be found below. If you plan to call, below is the contact information for each senator.

 

Members of the Senate Committee on Education

If you’re on a mobile device, simply tap on each number to dial.

CHAIR
Larry Taylor – 512-463-0111

VICE-CHAIR
Eddie Lucio, Jr. – 512-463-0127

MEMBERS
Paul Bettencourt – 512-463-0107
Donna Campbell – 512-463-0125
Bob Hall – 512-463-0102
Don Huffines – 512-463-0116
Bryan Hughes – 512-463-0101
Kel Seliger – 512-463-0131
Van Taylor – 512-463-0108
Carlos Uresti – 512-463-0119
Royce West – 512-463-0123

 

When you call or testify, tell senators:

  • Vouchers drain money out of neighborhood public schools to subsidize private and religious schools that are unaccountable to taxpayers and don’t have to meet the same standards.
  • Neighborhood public schools are still struggling with the deep (and unrestored) funding cuts the Legislature made during the Great Recession. It makes no sense to create a new taxpayer-funded entitlement program to fund private and religious schools that educate the few students that gain admission.
  • In fact, voucher schemes of all kinds largely benefit wealthy families. That’s because wealthy families can best afford to make up the cost between the value of a voucher and the actual cost of tuition and other charges at private and religious schools.
  • The only real “choice” in voucher schemes belongs to private and religious schools, which get to choose which students they will accept.
  • Vouchers divert important resources from the majority of Texas students to serve a small segment of children who could be served through existing public school choice options.

Need more info? Here is the full text of Senate Bill 3 and you can also read the analysis from the Coalition for Public Schools.

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