State Board of Education Joins Texas House in Slamming the Door on Vouchers

by Jose Medina

Add the State Board of Education to the list of elected Texas officials who are against private school voucher schemes.

By a vote of 10-5, the board earlier today approved a resolution by board member Ruben Cortez, D-Brownsville, calling on state legislators to reject vouchers.

On April 4 the Texas House overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the state appropriations bill barring the use of public money for any private school voucher scheme. That marked the third time in the last four sessions the Texas House has done so.

TFN President Kathy Miller said the following of today’s SBOE resolution:

“With the State Board of Education now joining the Texas House in slamming the door on vouchers, it’s past time for Sen. Patrick and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst to give it up. Instead of wasting time trying to divert taxpayer dollars to private schools with one voucher scheme or another, they should focus on making sure our neighborhood public schools have the resources they need to educate 5 million Texas kids.”

Here’s the vote:
Yes — Allen, Cortez, Dominguez, Hardy, Knight, Maynard, Melton, Perez, Ratliff, Rowley
No — Bradley, Cargill, Mercer, Miller, Bahorich



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