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

By Carolina Astrain
Jan. 27, 2013 at 1:27 a.m.
Updated Jan. 28, 2013 at 1:28 a.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.

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Locals weigh in on private school vouchers

Locals weigh in on private school vouchers.

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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Con: Keep state money in public schools

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