For decades, Texas has been a leader in standing up for our public schools. We know how important they are to our economy, our communities, and our future. We also have high standards of access, transparency, and accountability regarding how tax dollars are spent.
Throughout our history, Texas’ elected officials have put great care into creating a public school system that reflects these values.
Only public schools are required to:
- accept and serve all students,
- operate transparently with locally elected school boards,
- hold bond elections for buildings and other expenses,
- administer and report results on state standardized tests, and
- meet statewide academic performance standards.
Parents and other stakeholders deserve clear and consistent information about school performance. Voucher proposals have not required private schools to serve all students and meet the same accountability standards as public schools.
Our state has wisely rejected vouchers to focus on other public education policy goals for decades. We must tell lawmakers now is not the time to take our attention or resources away from public education. Let’s stay the course and not let another debate over vouchers derail the progress we’ve made.