In the 86th legislative session, Texas lawmakers committed to increase funding for public schools by passing House Bill 3. That unity led to teachers getting raises, school districts getting funds to offer or expand full-day pre-K programs to eligible 4-year-olds, and taxpayers getting property tax relief.
This year, the pandemic presents major budget challenges for public schools. In the 87th legislative session, vouchers could put public schools at risk of losing those funds from the previous session.
In our latest Intersect Ed podcast episode, part of our legislative agenda series, our host Alejandro Izaguirre debunks the myth that school choice does not exist in Texas public schools. Listen from education policy professors who will also highlight the negative impacts voucher programs have on students and families. You’ll also hear from experts at Raise Your Hand Texas and school leaders across the state on how public schools are stepping up to offer more school choice options for their students.