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WHAT HAPPENED ON SCHOOL CHOICE?
May 22, 2015
Time is running out. Can you believe your legislator is ignoring the will of the people, you will recall that 85% of the Republican primary voters in 2012 voted for school choice. Why are your legislators not listening to the people?

WARNING NOTE: Because the House leadership does not want school choice to pass, nor have they given any school choice bill a hearing this session, it is possible that school choice might be scuttled or vehicles for giving a school choice amendment withdrawn. It is absolutely urgent you help put pressure on the House leadership by contacting them.

Specifically Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, Chair of House Public Education refused to even give HB 4106, the Taxpayer Savings Grant Bill a hearing. In addition, Rep. Dennis Bonnen, Chair of House Ways and Means is refusing to give SB 4 the School Choice Tax Credit Bill that passed the Senate a hearing, thus effectively killing the Bill and preventing any record vote on school choice. The Senate under Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick passed school choice but school choice is dying in the House.

Call the Governor and ask him for his support for school choice and ask for his continued help. Click here for the Governor's contact information. His phone number is 512-463-2000.
Click here to contact your representative.

KEEP CALLING YOUR
HOUSE MEMBERS UNTIL THE END OF THE SESSION!

PLEASE CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE NOW AND SAY:

"Why are you spending 1.5 billion more on education unless parents get school choice?" or tell them why you want school choice for parents.

These are the leaders who can make school choice
happen now!

PLEASE CALL:

Rep. Joe Straus, Speaker of the House 512-463-1000

Governor Greg Abbott 512-463-2000

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick 512-463-0001

Rep. Tan Parker (House GOP Chair) 512-463-0688

Email the Texas House Republican Caucus now (director@texashousecaucus.com) and urge them to pass school choice. Time is running out and the House is the problem. The Republicans are the majority and they can't seem to pass school choice. That is a failure of House leadership!

Let your legislators know that spending billions more on education without school choice would be a failure of leadership,not something of which they can be proud.

(IN OTHER RELATED NEWS)

UNION DUES BILL
SB 1968 is the anti-union dues check off bill. Your government is now spending your tax dollars to assist government employee unions and associations by doing all the processing for payroll deductions for union or association dues. This must stop. That money is one of the major spending sources for opposition to school choice by government school employees. They are free to send money to whomever they like at their own expense. SB 1968 would stop the dues check off assistance by government and the bill is dying in the house.

EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNT BILL

SB 1178, calling for an interim study on an Education Savings Account program by Senator Donald Huffines, passed the Senate 21-10. It was referred to the House Public Education Committee. Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock refused to even give the possibility of a hearing. All this opposition against even a study of a parental school choice program. An Education Savings Account is another mechanism for school choice.
May 18, 2015
Email the Texas House Republican Caucus now (director@texashousecaucus.com) and urge them to pass school choice. Time is running out and the House is the problem. The Republicans are the majority and they can't seem to pass school choice. That is a failure of leadership!We were going to amend House Bill 1759, a large school finance bill to add the Taxpayer Savings Grant to it. We had a very large amount of support for the Taxpayer Savings Grant bill and the tax credit scholarship bill for low-income children which was also going to be offered as an amendment. The bill sponsor, Jimmy Don Aycock, layed out his bill, but then pulled down his bill by moving to postpone it for consideration on July 4, 2015, which is a date after the session thus killing the bill.

Please thank Rep. Mat Krause for being a champion of school choice and for filing the school choice amendments on the Taxpayer Savings Grant. His number is 512-463-0562.

Watch this video https://www.dropbox.com/s/x4gaupcvd50rtva/Canon%20video%20-%20early%20en...

This is still a partial victory for school choice. There are still opportunities in the session for school choice to be added to other bills in other ways. Your action and the fact that so many House members wanted to vote for school choice, show that the opposition is afraid of taking a vote on school choice. That is a major advance for our movement. It also helps strengthen the Senate side because there is no record of opposition to school choice in the House.

May 14, 2015 Thank you to everyone who called and we will continue to advise you throughout the legislative session. Your prayers and your action helped us tremendously and we will keep fighting throughout the session.

KEEP CALLING YOUR
HOUSE MEMBERS UNTIL THE END OF THE SESSION!

PLEASE CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE NOW AND SAY:

"Please do not spend billions more on education unless the parents get school choice" or tell them why you want school choice for parents.

Calls should start now and continue all week.

ALSO, PLEASE CALL:

Joe Strauss, Speaker of the House 512-463-1000

Governor Greg Abbott 512-463-2000

Let your legislators know that spending billions on education without school choice would be a failure of leadership,not something to be proud of.

WARNING NOTE: Because the House leadership does not want school choice to pass, nor have they given any school choice bill a hearing this session, it is possible that school choice might be scuttled or vehicles for giving a school choice amendment withdrawn. It is absolutely urgent you help put pressure on the House leadership by contacting them.

Should we support or oppose three billion dollars more for public education without school choice for parents? I hope your answer is "Of course not!" Why should we give three billion dollars more new money to a failing status quo unless we are willing to also give something to parents through school choice and provide a mechanism for improving the status quo for everyone?

Supporting more funding and school choice is a win-win for everybody More money for schools, more pay for teachers and more choice for parents.

NOW IS THE TIME TO CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND LET THEM KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ON THIS ISSUE!

It is time to tell them you want school choice! That is the only education reform that will work. More money alone has been poured into the system for the last twenty to thirty years and it has not produced excellent student achievement. More money and school choice will improve public education if school choice is broad enough. Let them know how you feel. Either tell them you oppose more funding at all, or tell them you want more funding and school choice for parents.

The House of Representatives is facing the school choice issue in the next few weeks. Please call your Representative or email them and ask them to vote for school choice. Ask them to support school choice in all forms. Click here to contact your Representative. Ask them to support SB 4 which will be carried by Representative Bohac in the House. You can also ask them to vote for the largest school choice bill possible. School choice for All!

All representatives need to be contacted to support school choice, especially Republicans since they are in the majority. Call the Speaker of the House, Representative Joe Strauss and ask him to support school choice. His telephone number is (512) 463-1000.

Call the Governor and thank him for his support for school choice and ask for his continued help. Click here for the Governor's contact information. His phone number is 512-463-2000.
Click here to contact your representative.

NOW IS THE TIME TO SUPPORT SCHOOL CHOICE FOR EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE POOR!

Advancing Life, Liberty and Justice in Him,

Allan Parker
President

May 13, 2015
It now appears that there will be at least one or more votes on school choice on the House Floor on Thursday.There are several school choice amendments which will be offered to any of the pending bills which are relevant especially HB 1759.

IT IS URGENT YOU CALL YOUR HOUSE MEMBERS NOW (see below)!

PLEASE CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE NOW AND SAY:

Please vote for any school choice amendments offered on the floor of the house this week." or; "Please vote for all school choice amendments offered on the floor of the house this week."

Calls should start now and continue all week.

ALSO, PLEASE CALL:

Joe Strauss, Speaker of the House 512-463-1000

Governor Greg Abbott 512-463-2000

Let your legislators know that spending billions on education without school choice would be a failure of leadership,not something to be proud of.

WARNING NOTE: Because the House leadership does not want school choice to pass, nor have they given any school choice bill a hearing this session, it is possible that school choice might be scuttled or vehicles for giving a school choice amendment withdrawn. It is absolutely urgent you help put pressure on the House leadership by contacting them.

Should we support or oppose three billion dollars more for public education without school choice for parents? I hope your answer is "Of course not!" Why should we give three billion dollars more new money to a failing status quo unless we are willing to also give something to parents through school choice and provide a mechanism for improving the status quo for everyone?

The Texas House of Representatives will soon consider a new school finance bill, HB 1759, and possible spending increases that would increase education spending for schools by three billion dollars. If it included school choice for every parent, which it could easily do, then it would probably be worth supporting. The Taxpayer Savings Grant would save money over time and therefore the increase would be worth it. However, at the current time, the Texas House is planning billions more for public education, but no school choice for parents.

Supporting more funding and school choice is a win-win for everybody More money for schools, more pay for teachers and more choice for parents.

NOW IS THE TIME TO CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND LET THEM KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ON THIS ISSUE!

It is time to tell them you want school choice! That is the only education reform that will work. More money alone has been poured into the system for the last twenty to thirty years and it has not produced excellent student achievement. More money and school choice will improve public education if school choice is broad enough. Let them know how you feel. Either tell them you oppose more funding at all, or tell them you want more funding and school choice for parents.

The House of Representatives is facing the school choice issue now. Please call your Representative or email them and ask them to vote for school choice. Ask them to support school choice in all forms. Click here http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ZbQ0Gz3sDU8WVFAJcdFIRfGfvoI6Nz8A7b7ly39Dw... to contact your Representative. Ask them to support SB 4 which will be carried by Representative Bohac in the House. You can also ask them to vote for the largest school choice bill possible. School choice for All!

All representatives need to be contacted to support school choice, especially Republicans since they are in the majority. Call the Speaker of the House, Representative Joe Strauss and ask him to support school choice. His telephone number is (512) 463-1000.

Call the Governor and thank him for his support for school choice and ask for his continued help. Click here for the Governor's contact information. His phone number is 512-463-2000.
Click here to contact your representative.

NOW IS THE TIME TO SUPPORT SCHOOL CHOICE FOR EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE POOR!

Advancing Life, Liberty and Justice in Him,

Allan Parker
President

MUST DO!

Please pray for a breakthrough for school choice in Texas.

Here are the names and telephone numbers of the other key Texas House of Representatives members. These names need strong encouragement and we need their votes to put school choice over the top. (If you click on their names, it will take you directly to their webpage and you can email them as well).

MOST CRITICAL TO CONTACT:

Joe Strauss, Speaker of the House 512-463-1000

OTHER KEY VOTES:

Burkett, Cindy 512-463-0464

Crownover, Myra 512-463-0582

Burrows, Dustin 512-463-0542
Davis, Sarah 512-463-0389

Frullo, John 512-463-0676

Galindo, Rick 512-463-0269

Harless, Patricia 512-463-0496

Meyer, Morgan 512-463-0367

Morrison, Geanie 512-463-0456

Murr, Andrew 512-463-0536

Paddie, Chris 512-463-0556

Schubert, Leighton 512-463-0600

Simpson, David 512-463-0750

Thompson, Ed 512-463-0707

Ashby, Trent 512-463-0508

Farney, Marsha 512-463-0309

Huberty, Dan 512-463-0520

Kacal, Kyle 512-463-0412

Miller, Doug 512-463-0325

Otto, John 512-463-0570

Phillips, Larry 512-463-0297

Raney, John 512-463-0698

Sheffield, J.D. 512-463-0628

Smith, Wayne 512-463-0733

Aycock, Jimmie Don 512-463-0684

Metcalf, Will 512-463-0726

Tinderholt, Tommy 512-463-0624

White, James 512-463-0490

Legislative Advertising Paid for by The Justice Foundation

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:

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Senator Ted Cruz Highlights School Choice at CPAC

Press Release: 1.1 Million Texans Vote for School Choice Initiative; More Than 85 Percent in Support

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.

A Texas-sized idea, By Richard Komer & Matt Miller

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/

Coalition Letter

Read our coalition members' letter that Texans for Voluntary Taxpayer Savings, Inc delivered to the members of the Texas Legislature. Read the letter

Teacher Study Press Release

Read the Teacher Study Press Release

Pie chart showing taxpayer savings