State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, made herself sound like a champion for the poor during Thursday’s debate in the Texas House over a measure barring public funds for private school vouchers. (The measure passed overwhelmingly.) She wanted to know why opponents of private school vouchers weren’t considering “the poor families of Texas” who can’t afford private education for their children. Wow. Talk about chutzpah. Just two years ago Rep. Riddle voted with a majority of Texas legislators to slash billions of dollars in funding for the very public schools that educate the children of those “poor families of Texas” (and most other kids in Texas). But here’s what she said Thursday on the House floor:

“I’m really surprised with this amendment because it appears that you oppose for families that do not have a great deal of wealth to have the same choice that families that have wealth can make for their children. Is that correct? I find that hard to believe that you would actually do that to the poor families of Texas. I would think that you would want them to have the same choices for education that the wealthier families in Texas have for… Read More

For the third time in four legislative sessions, the Texas House of Representatives voted this afternoon to bar spending any public funds on vouchers for private and religious schools. The overwhelming vote on the amendment (offered by state Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Robstown) to the state budget bill is an important victory for supporters of public education. It comes after voucher advocates have spent a lot of time — in press conferences and legislative hearings — pushing voucher schemes that would drain millions of dollars from neighborhood public schools just two years after lawmakers cut more than $5 billion in funding from public education. We just sent out the following statement:

Overwhelming Vote Sends Message to Voucher Gang: Stop Wasting Time, Fully Fund Public Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2013

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is releasing the following statement after the Texas House of Representatives voted 103-43 today to bar spending any public money for private school vouchers. The vote came on an amendment to the state appropriations bill, Senate Bill 1. The House also voted overwhelmingly to bar public funding for private school vouchers in 2007 and 2009. Miller said:

“You have to wonder… Read More