We loved this headline from the Texas Tribune:
Here are the numbers. There are roughly 6.1 million school-aged children in all TX K-12 public schools. The Senate has laudably passed a near-universal choice bill with 5.1 million children eligible for an $8,000 payment for private/Christian or charter school expenses.
The House leadership proposed money for 4 million of these education accounts. But now a gang of rural House Republicans would shrink that number to 400,000 – and only kids who are special needs or attend schools rated F on performance. Really? Are C and D schools acceptable in Texas? Almost all the opponents of greater choices are coming from state representatives in districts where at most half the kids can read and write at grade-level proficiency.
Everything’s bigger in Texas – including education savings accounts.