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

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

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

  1. Well, I think the truth is that they realized that the bloom was off that rose and that despite the best efforts of Sen Patrick and his ilk, a voucher by any other name is still a voucher and a loss to the students of Texas. Trust me, they’ll be back with some different flavor of snake oil; we just have to be vigilant and prepared.

  2. This is a good thing that they voted against vouchers. The tax payer government dollars cannot be spent for religious instruction as in islam or any other religion.

    Do that at home girls and boys or the buildings you pay for from your group.

    No forced prostilizing get it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wake up mommy & daddies………..

    1. Here is another way to look at what i just said. You will be taxed less because the program for vouchers would cost more money anyways, so then you will have more money to prostilize/brainwash your own kids and not someone elses within your own group of adherents to your piticular deity.

      Why do I say this? Because I belong to an organization that makes it their business (non profit of course) to take up peoples greviences with citizens who are concerned about their rights to not be prostilized or bullied by someone elses religion be it an unbeliever or believer in some paticular faith.

      And do you have any kind of idea as to what those greviences might be? Well,they are the kind of greviences such as bibles being distributed by (the only way we know how to make money) “Gidions Bibe thumpers who distribute in public schools.

      Or greviences like this one where a teacher told a student if you do not believe in jesus you can just get out of our town after she made a point of bringing up christianity & jesus.

      These occurences and others like giving people who have church bulletins at resturaunt discounts and not other patrons are and have been occurring ever since the founding of this country.

      Now, this may seem petty to you but it is not. This a civil rights violation which shows preferential treatment to a person because of their creed.

      Fox Foe News will not shed light on that.

      And neither will CNN Can’t Network News tell you anything about it. Because the bully club of some christians wright nasty threatening letters if they do.

      Let me remind you of the 1st amendment clause which defines the limits of your religious freedom.

      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

      Congress is the government. They decide on laws and how they will be upheld which requires the force of police and or force of the military in order to do so.

      I suggest all the ladies out their in their little bubbles start studying things like history,science and our laws instead of hiding your head in the bible for which most atheist,agnostics & unbelievers statistically know more than the religious do.

      Here is a bit of factual information that would help kids to know. You know Science:)

      All sex hormones are steroids hence crying and aggression. Well, thought processes have something to do with these behaviors as well.

      Learn what science has learned about our bodies and teach it to your children. Push for this kind of knowlege to be shared within the public realm.

      Now that would be a great lesson for adolecence when they are entering puberty and feel all those hormonal changes.

      Well I drift, but not digress.

      I’ll leave you with a little bit of American colonial history before the 1st Amendment to the constitution came about. And believe me there are more examples of this.

      And, you can decide why the founders of this nation included the establishment clause of the 1st amendment in regards to religion.

      The most stringent controls on speech in the colonial period were controls that outlawed or otherwise censored speech that was considered blasphemous in a religious sense. A 1646 Massachusetts law, for example, punished persons who denied the immortality of the soul. In 1612, a Virginia governor declared the death penalty for a person that denied the Trinity under Virginia’s Laws Divine, Moral and Martial, which also outlawed blasphemy, speaking badly of ministers and royalty, and “disgraceful word.


      Here are some links to open the doors to historical scholorship of religion and the fair critizism there of.

      Truth Be Known

      I can not help myself, you need to learn.
      Look up Bloody Mary she had thousands of protestants burned at the stake.

      I am sure the myth jesus quote helped egg on the brainwashed nit wit Bloody Mary Queen of Scotts. It is as follows.

      “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; (and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”) (John 15:6)

      The burning of unbelievers was based on the words of the myth Jesus

      Wake up! who in the hell do you think wrote the King James Bible anyways?
      Men of his court thats who!

      Which explains this little ditty in the New Testament

      “Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” (I Timothy 2:11-14

      Subjection: Bring, make under domination or control, esp. by conquest.

      *** How profane, arrogant & violent these verses are. I can add another from the myth jesus as follows.

      If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26+-

      Now ladies look closley at these passages. They are in the bible !!!! The New Testament Bible.
      When you go to church I bet you do not here any of these passages. Am I right?
      Well their are reasons for that. People who go in to divinity school to minister do not know all of what is in the bible before they go in to divinity school and are told some rediculouse irrational reason why these passages are ok or are meant something else. But that is a lie. Back in the day these passages were read out loud and praised about.
      I can show you many a true story about how ministers and preist leave the faith because they can not stand believing in something that is not right. Some stay & still believe this rubbish which tells you something about their poor character and some stay because they will leave penniless otherwise.

  3. To add to my commentary about religion and my focus on judeo/christianity is that it is a text that has brought more suffering than good because of its lack of understanding of human behavior and physics.

    It only lays down laws in which to live or die by with out any real coherent reason as to why and understanding so one would know how to approach a subject as in incest,adultry that are wrong and what the physical and emotional danger their is to this type of behavior without using the threat of death.

    The bible is a collection of different writings pieced together through the centuries. That is the real story of the bible.

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  4. Of course, the real reason vouchers has failed is because right wingers realized that there was no constitutional way to prevent Muslim schools from requesting voucher money too. The Louisiana legislature was dismayed to realize this after passing their own voucher bill. It was almost funny really.