With Bill Pending, School Choice Supporters Rally

School choice supporters from across the state gathered at a rally on the Capitol's south lawn Wednesday to demand passage of legislation allowing more Texas charter schools.

The crowd, which the Texas Charter School Association estimated numbered about 700 parents, educators and studentsheard from elected officials including Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Senate Education Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, before heading inside to meet with lawmakers.

"A student's future should not depend on a name being brought out of a hat like it is — well, what it is — a lottery," said Patrick, referring to the process by ...

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