Existing Program Languishes as Scholarship is Pushed

A scholarship to help students trapped in failing public schools attend a school of their choice is near the top of the legislative agenda for Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick, the Houston Republican who chairs the Senate Public Education Committee.

In his State of the State address this year, Perry advocated for "scholarship programs that give students a choice, especially those who are locked into low-performing schools." At a December news conference with Dewhurst, Patrick proposed a scholarship program that would allow students to attend any school, including those outside of the public education ...

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