School Choice Is Gaining Traction In Texas

Americans for Prosperity-Texas has been a leading voice supporting school choice in Texas. Texas is behind 23 other states and the District of Columbia in providing parents with the opportunity to pick the school which would best serve their children. Choice exists in Texas, but only for parents with the financial means to pay private school tuition, homeschool, or move to a more desirable school district. Texas also has public school choice...

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Senate Education Committee Discusses Edgewood ISD’s Purchase of Steinway Piano

In a stunning admission, Sen. Jose Menendez was caught off guard when asked about Edgewood ISD purchasing a $150,000 Steinway piano. Sen. Menendez was advocating for Edgewood ISD in a Senate Education hearing.  He entered the hearing room, sat down, defended Edgewood ISD’s performance and was preparing to leave the hearing.  But he did not get out of the room before he was asked a question which caught him unprepared. Sen. Donna Campbell...

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Sen Ted Cruz Introduces Legislation to Create a Gateway of Opportunity for Kids

Sen. Ted Cruz has joined other US Senators in introducing legislation which provides school choice to the most kids and parents across the country. The federal legislation – Enhancing Educational Opportunities for All Act – was filed by Sen. Ted Cruz along with U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, fromUtah, and U.S. Rep. Luke Messer,  from Ind., to allow Title 1 funds to follow low-income students to any public or private school of their choice;...

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Governor Abbott Advocates For Students, Not Status Quo

Gov. Greg Abbott’s remarks on school choice deserve highlighting.  In his first State of the State address on Feb 17, 2015, Gov. Abbott eloquently stated why parents should select their children’s schools. We at Americans for Prosperity-Texas agree with Gov. Abbott that the ultimate in local control rests with the parents.  Here is that excerpt from his speech: “Real local control rests with parents. Parental involvement is...

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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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