What are vouchers?
School vouchers, sometimes disguised as “tax credits” or “scholarships,” take taxpayer money that should go to public schools and use it to pay private-school tuition.
Why is that bad?
- Only a small handful of students benefit.
- Cash-strapped public schools are forced to compete with private schools for limited funds.
- Private schools are not held accountable.
- Vouchers do nothing to improve public schools for nearly 5 million Texas students.
Only a small handful of students benefit.
School vouchers would only help a very small number of students while doing nothing for the majority of the 5 million Texas students in our public schools, including charter schools and magnet schools.
Cash-strapped public schools are forced to compete with private schools for limited funds.
“Tax credit” and “scholarship” programs are the new names for vouchers, but they do the same exact thing. They give a corporation credits against its state taxes for providing money to fund private-school tuition. Essentially, it is a government subsidy of private schools funded by taxpayer money — money that could go to improve public education or be spent on other vital state needs.
Private schools are not held accountable.
Private schools are not required to comply with state accountability requirements, open-record laws or statewide academic standards. Because private schools are unregulated and not subject to oversight by the Texas Education Agency, it is much more difficult to determine their effectiveness in preparing students.
Vouchers do nothing to improve public schools for nearly 5 million Texas students.
Proponents of school vouchers say they will increase school choice for students at poorly performing schools, but school choice already exists. There are more than 321,000 students in Texas public schools, in just 66 of our largest school districts, who attend a school other than the one to which they are geographically assigned. This number rises to at least 476,000 if you include public charter schools. We need to be focused on improving education opportunities for all Texas children by funding public schools.
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