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TEO Statement on House Rejection of School Choice Bill

Texans for Education Opportunity Founder and Chair Stacy Hock today issued a statement following the Texas House’s rejection of House Bill 21, which would have supplied public schools with an additional $530 million in funding and established a school choice program for students with special needs.

“We are deeply saddened by the Texas House for systematically shutting the door on thousands of special needs students in dire need of education options today.

“House Bill 21 was smart,

TEO Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation Expanding School Choice

Texans for Education Opportunity Founder and Chair Stacy Hock issued the following statement after the Texas Senate passed House Bill 21 in a bipartisan effort early this morning. HB 21 is a comprehensive education bill providing for an additional $530 million in public school funding, charter school facility funding and an Education Savings Account program for children with special needs.

“Texans for Education Opportunity applauds Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Chairman Larry Taylor and the Texas Senate for making important strides in education choice by passing HB 21.

Houston students, parents deserve education choice

Houston students, parents deserve education choice
By Paul Simpson
Medium

From the oil industry to aerospace, Houston is a national economic leader. We are the fourth largest city in the nation and we attract the most talented workforce from around the world. We have many things to be proud of, but sadly, our progress in public education is not one of them.

When the Texas Education Agency unveiled its new grading system at the beginning of this year,

SPECTRUM NEWS: Advocates Pushing for Saving Accounts for Special Needs Students

Advocates Pushing for Saving Accounts for Special Needs Students
By Victor Diaz
Spectrum News Austin

Inside the state capitol, politicians debate the dollars and sense that would make Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) a reality. Advocates want those accounts for students with special needs. An ESA would give those parents access to 90 percent of what the state spends each year per student.

It’s a possibility that hits home for San Antonio’s Ezzard Castillo,

Texas isn’t free without freedom in education

Texas isn’t free without freedom in education
By JoAnn Fleming
Medium

For the past eight years, the Texas conservative grassroots movement has led the fight against federal failures on everything from Obamacare to lax border security and non-enforcement of immigration laws. Texas has been a champion for liberty and a leader in many arenas — but not in academic success — and certainly not in education choice.

Thirty states have passed some type of education choice,