Capitol of Texas

The Texas House recently voted to oppose taxpayer dollars going to private and religious schools – forbidding state funding for vouchers.

Yesterday’s vote came to 103 – 44 during the House’s larger debate on budget and could kill a “school choice” bill that was approved by the state Senate last week.

Republicans control both chambers however while many senators see vouchers as a civil rights issue that could help poor children get out of failing public schools, the House has repeatedly defeated any proposal that could hurt the funding of traditional classrooms.  This week was no different.

The Senate voucher bill would exempt communities with fewer than 285,000 residents, however the House did not waiver from their opposition.