Vouchers on the Legislative Agenda
The Texas Observer published an update on the voucher debate in Texas last Friday. The article describes the various features of voucher plans and the various objections to vouchers. The article ended with these words:
At last weekend’s Texas Tribune Festival, Rick Perry declined to come out and say he’d make vouchers an “emergency” item next session, but Patrick’s maneuvering ensured they’ll at least be important business in the Senate.
“Legislatively, it’s very shrewd. Start early, and treat it as a priority,” says Kel Seliger. an old-guard Senate Republican from Amarillo who, like Patrick, is a top contender to chair the Senate Education Committee next session. Seliger says the fight is going to depend on the voucher scheme’s details—how much the state will spend on how many students, and what strings are attached to the money—not pure ideology. “It is going to be a longer discussion than some people think.”
The whole article is worth reading. Find it at this link.
October 1, 2012