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Texas Legislature 2023

Texas’ private and rural schools again brace for a showdown on school choice

Rural school leaders in Texas have been able to stave off the legislative priority of some of the state’s most prominent Republicans. But private school officials hope this year will be different.

Jacey Eagle, a freshman, takes a test during advanced biology as students attend classes at Lufkin High School in Lufkin, Texas, U.S., on Friday, January 27, 2023. Public school officials in rural areas like Lufkin face budget challenges because of proposed school choice legislation, which provides taxpayer-funded alternatives to sending a child to a local public school.
Students get onto a bus following classes at Lufkin High School in Lufkin on Jan. 27, 2023. Public school officials in rural areas like Lufkin face budget challenges because of proposed school choice legislation, which provides taxpayer-funded alternatives to sending a child to a local public school.
Jay Ferguson, head of school at Grace Community School, a private Christian school in Tyler, TX, greets students in between classes on Monday, January 30, 2023.
State Rep. Mayes Middleton, R-Wallisville, flanked by fellow members of the House Freedom Caucus, speaks with reporters at the Capitol on July 13, 2021.
State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, on the Senate floor on April 9, 2019.
Students sit in art class at Lufkin High School in Lufkin, Texas, U.S., on Friday, January 27, 2023. Public school officials in rural areas like Lufkin face budget challenges because of proposed school choice legislation, which provides taxpayer-funded alternatives to sending a child to a local public school.
Lynn Torres, the superintendent of Lufkin ISD, leaves a classroom while giving a tour of Lufkin High School in Lufkin, Texas, U.S., on Friday, January 27, 2023. Public school officials in rural areas like Lufkin face budget challenges because of proposed school choice legislation, which provides taxpayer-funded alternatives to sending a child to a local public school.
Grace Community School in Tyler, Texas, on Monday, January 30, 2023.

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