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Texas Legislature 2023

In East Texas, skepticism over private school tuition assistance persists despite push from conservative leaders

Gov. Greg Abbott and other conservatives say families need options to escape “woke” education in public schools. East Texas parents and school leaders say the national talking points are off base.

The Grace Community campus in Tyler on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

Stan Surratt, superintendent of Lindale Independent School District, outside of Lindale High School on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.


Jay Ferguson, head of school at Grace Community School, a private Christian school in Tyler, poses inside the halls of the high school campus on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023.
Jes Adams stands in the back yard of her home in Tyler on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

Cost to public schools 

Jamie Holder, deputy superintendent of Lindale ISD, stands inside the meeting room inside the Lindale ISD Administration Building on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

Home schooling on the rise 

The Grace Community School campus in Tyler.
A billboard stands in Tyler, Texas on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

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