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February 12, 2007

A school voucher plan should rise or fall in the Texas Legislature on its merits and there is enough reason to give it a chance, says the Dallas Morning News.

Under the latest proposal put forth by voucher proponents:

  • No district could lose more than 5 percent of its students, and means testing would restrict participants to those from low-income families.
  • Vouchers would be limited to 90 percent of each child's state funding -- parents must make up any difference in private school tuition -- so per-pupil money should go up slightly in districts that lose students.
  • Private schools that opt to accept transfers must follow state and federal nondiscrimination laws.
  • Most important, students who use vouchers to transfer to private schools still must take the state accountability test; if a student falls below a mandated standard, that private school is bounced from the program.

Today, parents of means who want out of a public school district can home school, move where the schools are better or pay for a private school.  Lower-income parents don't have these options.

Vouchers provide a reasonable option for low-income parents, who need all the options they can get, says the News.

Source: Editorial, " We'll Choose Vouchers: Pilot program gives poor families a needed option," Dallas Morning News, February 9, 2007.


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