This Week @ the Texas Legislature: Vouchers on Senate Floor

Call your senator TODAY in opposition to this reckless raid on funding for neighborhood public schools. Click here to find the name and phone number for your senator.

Big moves behind the scenes tell us the Senate could take up a massive private school voucher bill this week. It’s critical that you call your senator TODAY and express your strong opposition to Senate Bill 4.

SB 4 gives tax breaks to wealthy interests that fund voucher “scholarships” at private and religious schools. An independent analysis has shown that the bill’s backers are dramatically underestimating the cost of this tax-credit scam — to the tune of billions of dollars in coming years.

Meanwhile, our neighborhood schools are still struggling with billions of dollars in state funding cuts the Legislature passed in 2011.

Please click here to find the name and phone number for your senator. When you call, tell them:

  • No matter what else supporters call SB 4, it’s nothing more than a backdoor voucher scheme. Texas can’t afford to fund two separate school systems: one public and accountable to taxpayers, the other private and unaccountable to taxpayers.
  • Every tax dollar lost to tuition subsidies is a dollar unavailable for neighborhood public schools still struggling with massive budget cuts passed by the Legislature in 2011.
  • Tax-credit vouchers in states like Georgia and Pennsylvania have been shown to be plagued by corruption and scams that benefit the wealthy.

9 thoughts on “This Week @ the Texas Legislature: Vouchers on Senate Floor

  1. If anyone thinks that calling any of our state reps would do any good, I’ve got some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you! What a joke! NONE OF OUR SO CALLED REPS LISTEN TO ANYONE OTHER THAN THE HARD RIGHT RELIGIOUS MORONS IN THIS STATE. Until we find a way to get people to vote in large numbers in this state, we will be stuck with the christian taliban running things. I mean come on people, Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick are running this state! HOW MUCH MORE STUPID CAN THIS STATE GET?

    1. Even if everyone who could vote did, I think we’d still lose. Aren’t people like us the minority in this state? Sure, I voted for Davis last year, but I never thought for a minute that she could actually win.

  2. Texas is a joke to the rest of this country, except perhaps Indiana. We also have the lowest turn-out of voters at election time. Our votes DO count, but we gotta get the voters to the polls.

  3. its true. i needed help with the intransigent bureaucracy in texass and contacted jason isaac repeatedly thru every avenue possible except breaking down his door (which i helped pay for with taxes) and was basically ignored, republicans are evil and do not care for people.

  4. The current legislature is primarily run by Radical Fundamentalists who call themselves Conservative. They do not know the meaning of conservative: a: one who adheres to traditional methods or views
    b: a cautious or discreet person
    c: not extreme or drastic

  5. Free public education for all, yes! You want to send your kid to private school, pay for it yourself. This is just a mean-spirited way to put more money in the pockets of the wealthy so they can send their kids to expensive private schools and use our tax dollars to pay for it. ‘NO!’ to vouchers!

  6. I am most ashamed to have to live in Texas, with unbelievable sellouts (or are they just ignorant?) in their legislature trying to fight just about every aspect of human rights. What a bunch of sickos!

  7. It is high time that the legislature began to support and provide adequate funding for public schools so that they are able to serve ALL children, rather than encouraging the wealthy to move their children out of the public school system.