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Pro-Con: Should Texas approve school vouchers? (Video)

By Carolina Astrain
Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 27, 2013 at 7:28 p.m.

Students gather their things in the hallway to leave for the day at Victoria's private high school, St. Joseph High School on Thursday.

Students gather their things in the hallway to leave for the day at Victoria's private high school, St. Joseph High School on Thursday.   Angeli Wright for The Victoria Advocate

State-funded vouchers for parents to put toward private and charter school tuition have been a long-running issue before the Texas legislature.

With the strong support of Sen. Dan Patrick, a Republican from Houston and the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, vouchers appear on the agenda this session, too.

Although Patrick has yet to file a bill, the Texas Association of School Boards is taking preemptive measures against what it sees as a threat to reduce money in the public education system.

School vouchers, also known as taxpayer savings grants, opportunity scholarships or school-of-last-resort vouchers, use state tax dollars to fund private school education.

Under the voucher program, parents would receive about $3,000 to $5,000 from the state to transfer their children from a public school to a private school.

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Pro: Parents should be able to choose where kids learn

Con: Keep state money in public schools


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