The 2017 Special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott begins 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 on Tues., 11/7/2017, is the time
your legislator is MOST attentive to your concerns and issues.
Phoenix Rising: The Secrets Behind Arizona's School Choice Success, by Heather Sells, CBNNews.com (june 7, 2017)
Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF):
The Texas Economy and School Choice, Laffer Associates w/TPPF & Texas Assn. of Business
Texas Can't Afford to Miss Out on School Choice by Jim DeMint (May, 2016)
Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) Primer (July, 2016)
What Is an ESA? Video
When PARENTS CHOOSE, Texas Children WIN!
ALL TEACHERS BENEFIT, too!
1. During a past "Texas school finance trial...Dr. Jacob Vigdor, an expert witness hired by public school districts", explicitly stated. “'introducing greater competition into the market for teachers will raise teacher salaries'”"
Dr. Jacob Vigdor contended that Texas should not adopt school choice because districts would then have to pay teachers more."
2. Students in school choice programs graduate at significantly higher rates than their public school peers. Over 90 percent of DCOSP students graduated from high school, compared to just 70 percent of their peers.
4. Apples to Apples: Definitive Look at School Test Scores in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Students in Milwaukee Private Schools & Charters perform significantly better on ACT & Forward Exams than their peers in traditional public schools when taking into account socio-economic status and demographics.
5. "(P)ersistently attending a private school through a voucher program can decrease subsequent criminal activity, especially for males." Saves taxpayers money & increases their working contributions. DeAngelis & Wolf (2016). "The School Choice Voucher: A 'Get Out of Jail' Card?"Presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association.
More Issues From School Choice: The Missing Link in Texas Education Reform by Lou Ann Anderson, Texas Public Policy Foundation Press Release.
"Many students are trapped in failing schools. Roughly one in four of today’s ninth-graders never graduate high school...
"Out of those moving forward, almost half of freshmen require remediation courses upon entering college..."
"Employers find today’s college graduates ill prepared for existing white-collar jobs..."
Economist and report author Art Laffer maintained that besides reducing dropout rates, closing educational achievement gaps and enhancing educational innovation, statewide school choice is a mechanism to stimulate economic growth thereby creating new jobs and incentivizing in-migration to Texas. Using examples like decreased crime rates, increased wages and enhanced business opportunity, Laffer argued not a single socio-economic measure goes unimproved with the implementation of school choice...
At a January news conference, Texas Association of Business CEO Bill Hammond spoke of the Texas workforce facing a skills gap... Hammond described this gap as impacting both businesses and Texas school children. He further noted how competition is essential, and competition in schools serves to improve prospects for all involved...
Diana Furchtgott-Roth, co-author with Jared Meyer of Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young, similarly agrees on school choice.
“With food stamps we say you can go to any grocery store you want,” she offered. “There would be a revolution if we said low-income people have to go to their neighborhood grocery stores, but with schools, you have to go to the neighboring schools...”
Kent Grusendorf, director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Education Freedom:
Regarding the Texas school finance lawsuit currently before the Texas Supreme Court [in 2015], Grusendorf reminded that two-thirds of Texas school districts are “using your tax dollars to sue you for more money.”
Grusendorf cited how empirical studies have found choice improved student performance and public schools. Though isolated studies found no measurable differences, he notes none found school choice as harmful to existing schools.