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June 25, 2007

House Joint Resolution 25: Prohibiting an Educational Voucher Program

Author:
Representative Raymond

Summary:
This bill would call for an amendment to Texas’s state constitution, prohibiting any vouchers for education to private schools.

Status:

11/13/2006Filed
2/6/2007Referred to House Committee on Public Education
5/28/2007Legislature closed, bill died

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA supports this bill.

Action Requested:
No action requested at this time.

Background:

There have been various programs, with various names, designed for the purpose of using public funds to pay for all or part of the costs of students’ tuition at private or religious schools. Those in support of vouchers say they increase “school choice” or “parent choice.” HSLDA opposes vouchers as they are not a free hand-out from the government and will regulate parental freedoms. To date, no national voucher system has been established, nor is a state voucher system available to homeschools.

Our government has the responsibility to spend our money frugally. For the government to “just give” vouchers to homeschoolers would be irresponsible and pointless. If no strings are attached to vouchers, why waste the time and money sending tax dollars through a complicated bureaucracy only to be returned to the parents? Voucher proponents have conceded that regulation would accompany vouchers, but claim it would not be “excessive.” HSLDA has spent nearly 20 years fighting to protect parental rights to teach children at home; vouchers would hinder the furtherance of this right.

For more information, visit our issue analysis page on vouchers.

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