Taxpayer savings grants are a win-win for both students and Texas taxpayers saving the state $2 Billion over the next two years. Every student is unique with different interests, abilities and educational needs. Providing parents voluntary options in education benefits students, the state budget, the Texas economy, and Texas taxpayers. This voluntary program decreases school expenses to help cover our school budget shortfalls thereby leaving more money on a per student basis in the system. Read More
Senator Donna Campbell's Senate Bill 276
"As soon as practicable, but not later than October 15, 2015, the comptroller, in coordination with the commissioner of education, shall adopt rules to implement the Taxpayer Savings Grant Program under Section 42.501, Education Code"... Click to read the full text of this document
The Taxpayer Savings Grant Program allows parents and guardians of school-age children to apply for a grant equal to tuition at a private school or 60% of the state average per-pupil spending, whichever is less.
Making Texas Public Education More Efficient: Taxpayer Savings Grants
Joseph Bast, Heartland Institute –March 8, 2013 TSG would enable the state of Texas to comply with its constitutional mandate to “establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools.”
The TSG would reimburse parents and legal guardians for “the amount of actual tuition costs or sixty percent of the state average per-pupil maintenance and operations expenditure, whichever is less.” Approximately 321,000 students would use savings grants in the first year saving taxpayers some $561 million. Savings in the first biennial budget would be $1.3 billion. In subsequent years savings would grow, so that over the course of 12 years, using extremely conservative estimates, taxpayers would save $22.8 billion.
Students would benefit as well. Other school choice programs around the country have demonstrated how choice improves student achievement, retention, and other outcomes. Parents and teachers will be happier. Click to read the full text of this document
The Taxpayer Savings Grants Program
would solve the problems identified by plaintiffs in the court case pending against the state by using markets to make the state’s school system more efficient, by reducing the cost of education while increasing its quality. See this spreadsheet for details:
"Taxpayer Savings Grant Bills Introduced in Senate and House
Senators Donna Campbell and Ken Paxton introduced SB 1575 and Representative Scott Turner introduced HB 3497 to bring Taxpayer Savings Grants to Texas. These companion bills are part of the boldest education reform package in the country and will empower parents with the freedom to choose the best schools for their children while saving taxpayers billions of dollars and improving public schools.
On Tuesday, more than 85 percent of Texas Republicans voted in favor of school choice and in support of Taxpayer Savings Grants. This result is confirmation that Texans want school choice, taxpayer savings, and the opportunity to choose the school that is right for their child.
Sometimes it takes a budget crisis like the one virtually all states are facing to spawn a great idea. As is the case in every state, a huge proportion of Texas’s budget is spent on public schools. Now Texas has an opportunity to shore up its state budget while improving the quality of education for its children. The remaining four days in the state’s biennial legislative session will determine whether Texas is ready to demonstrate the kind of bold national leadership it prides itself on. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/26/a-texas-sized-idea/