Statement on Senate Leadership’s Addition of a Voucher to HB 100
Date Posted: 5/22/2023
ATPE Executive Director Shannon Holmes has the following statement on Senate leadership’s addition of a voucher (“education savings account”) to House Bill 100 by Rep. Ken King (R–Canadian):
“The Legislature has a historic budget surplus at its disposal, which means it has a historic opportunity to invest in our state’s future—the public schoolchildren of Texas. Yet the Senate has chosen to prioritize politics over kids.
“Adding a voucher to HB 100 dooms the last bill standing that includes a true educator compensation increase and general education funding. Make no mistake: A vote for this Frankenstein bill tells the 10 million-plus Texans who choose public schools exactly where you stand on supporting public education. You don’t.
“The public education community has brought forward comprehensive solutions for improving educator recruitment and retention, fully funding special education services, and other positive initiatives. We asked for improved teacher pay and full funding for special education. Instead, we got a voucher.”
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