Dead Voucher Walking
This goes directly counter to the Janek bill. It arrived in the form of an amendment to the proposed state budget and was sponsored by newbie Rep. Joe Heflin, D- Crosbyton, in West Texas.
The only exception allowed in Heflin's amendment is that state money can be used for private schools and Head Start for Pre K and kindergarten. That's probably because the public school districts can't build quickly enough to meet the escalating desire for these services and there have been a lot of collaborative private/public efforts in this area.
Vouchers may not yet be dead this session — after all the House and the Senate still have to conference — but a 129-8 rejection is going to be tough to overcome. -- Margaret Downing