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School Choice for Special Needs Children

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The 2017 Special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott began on July 18, 2017.
Click here for an informative article from Texas Tribune on the format of a 30-day Special Session.

Now through Election Day, 11/7/2017, is when your legislators are MOST attentive to your concerns.
Be sure to let your legislators know your stance on this issue during Special Session this July - August!
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Resources

What is an Education Savings Account?

The Education Debit Card: What Arizona Parents Purchase with ESAs by Lindsey Burke, Friedman Foundation (August, 2013).

ESA Handbook: A Parent’s Guide, Arizona Department of Education (August, 2014).This work explains the Arizona ESA (absent recent expansions) in detail.

ESA Parent Handbook by the Nevada State Treasurer (January, 2016). This work explains the Nevada ESA in detail. 

Texas Public Policy Fndn (TPPF):

Educational Choice for Students with Special Needs, TPPF 2017-18 Legislator’s Guide, Special Session Edition.

Texas School Finance: Basics and Reform by Michael Barba, Kent Grusendorf, Vance Ginn, and Talmadge Heflin, Texas Public Policy Foundation (March, 2016).

Children in Need: Special Needs Students in Texas Would Benefit From Education Savings Accounts by Emily Sass and Stephanie Matthews, Texas Public Policy Foundation (May, 2017).

Original Intent of the Texas Constitution

How School Choice Affects the Achievement of Public School Students by Caroline Hoxby, Hoover Institution Press (2002).

2015-school-choice-tx-rallyWhen PARENTS CHOOSE, Texas Children WIN!

School Choice is a Republican Party of Texas issue as found in Plank 147 on page 19 of the approved 2016 Platform.

It should be noted that the most vulnerable population in need of rescue from failing schools is that of children of multi-generational welfare families in the inner cities.

Our government policies helped to entrap them, and I would believe it is our moral duty to help free these American citizens from becoming a permanent underclass for lack of Free Market principles in both our public schools and welfare programs.

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From Texas Public Policy Foundation's 2017-18 Legislator's Guide, Special Session Edition, Educational Choice for Students with Special Needs.

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Click to learn more about Education Choice
for Special Needs students.

The Facts

•    An ESA program for all students in special education or with 504 status in Texas would make educational options available for approximately 609,000 students.

•    The financial impact to a child’s school district of the student using an ESA would be more favorable than the impact if a child moved to another district, as many special needs families already do in search of better options.

•    Thirty-six percent of surveyed private schools in Texas said they would or probably “would be interested in participating in an ESA program that would serve only students with special needs.”

•    In a survey of Florida’s McKay scholarship program for students with special needs, “92.7% of McKay participants are satisfied or very satisfied with their McKay schools; only 32.7% were similarly satisfied with their public schools. The average private school tuition in Texas in 2015 was $7,847.98, well within reach of the amount (approximately $7,800) that would have been provided by an ESA that year.

•    Eighty-six percent of parents participating in Florida’s McKay program said their scholarship school has provided all the services they promised to provide. Only 30 percent said they received all federally mandated services from their previous school.

Recommendations: Promote educational excellence in Texas and provide options for vulnerable students by adopting Education Savings Accounts for Texas students with special needs.

Read more on The Issue from Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Resources, cont'd.

Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Final Report by Patrick Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, and Brian Kisida, U.S. Department of Education (June, 2010).

School Choice and Climate Survey, Grand Prairie ISD (December, 2014). 

The Moral Case for School Choice by Michael Barba and Kent Grusendorf, Texas Public Policy Foundation (September, 2014).

A Win-Win Solution: The Empirical Evidence on School Choice by Greg Forster, Ph.D. (May. 2016). 

Vouchers for Special Education Students: An Evaluation of Florida’s McKay Scholarship Program by Jay P. Greene and Greg Forster, Manhattan Institute (June, 2003).

Exploring Texas’s Private Education Sector by Andrew Catt, EdChoice (Jan. 2017).