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Please Note:

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.
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2015-school-choice-tx-rallyWhen PARENTS CHOOSE, Texas Children WIN!
ALL TEACHERS  BENEFIT, too!

Brandon Dutcher of OK Council of Public Affairs reports:

"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. But his argument supports exactly what quality teachers and concerned Texans desire: using school choice to improve the quality and salaries of teachers."

Mr. Dutcher went on to say:

"Dr. Vigdor’s conclusions regarding higher pay from school choice were never challenged in trial. In fact, several experts confirm his analysis."

From The Missing Link in Texas Education Reform
by Lou Ann Anderson, originally in the Examiner on July 1, 2015.

"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..."

At the start of the [2015] legislative session, Laffer Associates released a study, The Texas Economy and School Choice, jointly commissioned by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Texas Association of Business. The study found that a Taxpayer Savings Grant Program, a statewide universal school choice program under consideration by the Texas Legislature offered important benefits to both Texas school children and the state’s economy.

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. He contended post-secondary education is essential and the public school system is graduating neither enough students, nor enough who are career or college-ready.

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. At a May book signing in Austin, Furchtgott-Roth called sending children to schools where the graduation rates are only 55 percent “a travesty.”

“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:

“Money’s not the problem,” Grusendorf contended, explaining that compared to the ranking’s 36 nations, all but one or two spend less per student than the U.S.

Regarding the Texas school finance lawsuit currently before the Texas Supreme Court, Grusendorf reminded that two-thirds of Texas school districts are “using your tax dollars to sue you for more money.”

School choice, he said, is “the key solution for the education crisis in this state and in this nation.”

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.