ESAs

    Special Needs Vouchers Don’t Measure Up

    Any legislation aimed at removing funding from the public school system to subsidize private education, even if it's for students with special needs, is a misguided approach to education reform.

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    THE DANGERS OF SPECIAL NEEDS VOUCHERS

    Legislative proposals to subsidize private special education services offer nothing more than false promises to Texas families.

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    In Their Own Words: Jay’s Journey to Harvard

    We didn't have to ask Principal Jay Barrett of Amarillo ISD to tell us how his Harvard experience is going. He's voluntarily video blogging what each of his days in Cambridge are like.

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    Texas School Leaders Experience Spirited, Comprehensive Instruction at Harvard

    Teams of Texas public school leaders are at this very moment experiencing comprehensive professional development at Harvard University. And it's intense!

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    Harvard-Bound Principal Uses Playing Cards to Prepare Students for Life

    Since 2008, our organization has sent carefully selected school principals to the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA, to attend one of a number of week-long institutes covering topics ranging from school turnaround to family engagement.

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    Major Changes in a Blended Classroom

    As we move into the second year of the Raising Blended Learners Initiative, 9th grade Birdville ISD teacher Kate Chambers explains how the work has helped her cater to students’ individual needs. (Spoiler alert: She changed everything!)

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    Dr. Chris Lubienski on How vouchers hurt Texas’ most vulnerable kids

    Dr. Chris Lubienski is a professor of education policy at Indiana University. His research focuses on the impacts of charter schools and vouchers in the United States and in other nations around the world.

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    2017 Research Update: ESA Policy Brief

    The reality is ESAs systematically reduce the availability of financial resources to support education, provide a taxpayer-funded subsidy for unaccountable private schools and commercial vendors, and primarily benefit more affluent students and families, some of who would have attended private school without the subsidy.

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    Session Shenanigans: Beware Late Efforts to Revive Voucher Legislation

    Despite an overwhelming vote­—a more than 2-to-1 margin—by the full House of Representatives against school vouchers during floor consideration of the House budget, voucher proponents persist with efforts to slip vouchers into other legislation.

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    The Truth About Vouchers and School District Costs

    A common argument advanced by supporters of education savings accounts (ESAs), private school tax credits and other school voucher programs is that school vouchers programs will not take money from public schools.

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