Benefits of School Choice Impact the State’s Economy

Former House Public Education Chairman Kent Grusendorf and former State Rep Bill Hammond agree on one thing:  school choice will be good for Texans. These two individuals are influential leaders.  Hammond is the president of the Texas Association of Businesses (the state Chamber) and Grusendorf heads education policy for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. They are highlighting a new study conducted by Art Laffer (of the famous Laffer curve)...

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With Lt Gov Dan Patrick, it IS a new day in Texas!

In his inaugural speech, Lt Gov Patrick spoke eloquently at the Capitol today about a number of subjects including school choice.  Here are exerts from his speech: “First I want to talk about education. Yesterday the nation celebrated Martin Luther King Day. On August 28, 1963, Reverend King gave one of the greatest speeches in our nation’s history, the “I Have A Dream” speech.  I don’t think he could have dreamed that 52 years...

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Beaumont ISD: Poster Child for Greater Transparency

In Texas, you need look no further than Beaumont to find the most dysfunctional ISD in the State (and that’s saying a lot, considering the Lone Star State took over management of El Paso ISD after findings of fraud).  Some Beaumont iSD officials have been found guilty of embezzlement and fraud.  And the public was largely in the dark when school officials were “living like a rock star”....

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Education issues hit the airways

Most Texans are ready for this election to be over.  It’s hard to watch TV without seeing ads on everything from immigration to taxes to education. Elections are not as much about politics as they provide an opportunity to discuss goals, issues and solutions. That’s why political ads deserve scrutiny.  Education is one of the top five issues of interest to Texas voters. Texas has one-tenth of the nation’s K-12 students and we spend over $50...

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Teachers Will Earn More with School Choice

We have been frustrated that only half the Education dollars get directed to the classrooms, and teachers earn only a fraction of that. TPPF has done a study of teacher pay when school choice is available to parents and kids. Then good teachers will be in demand and their pay will increase.   Here is an article in the Austin American-Statesman: Wohlgemuth: Texas Teachers could actually benefit from school choice By Arlene Wohlgemuth...

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New Comptroller Study Reveals Disturbing Education Trend

Enrollment up 19%; Education Debt Service up 103% New Comptroller Study Reveals Disturbing Trend In a new report from the Comptroller’s office Texas Public School Construction, it is shown that if you are a property owner in Texas, it is highly likely that some of the property taxes you are paying are used to build new public schools. While this may not be a surprise to many, it still means that most Texans are stakeholders in school...

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