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“Our public school system is our town”: Why this rural Republican is voting against school vouchers

Despite intense political pressure, Republican Rep. Gary VanDeaver said he won’t support a bill that includes school vouchers. Rural Republicans like VanDeaver have long opposed school vouchers because of the unique role public schools they play in their communities.

State Rep. Gary VanDeaver, R-New Boston, on the House floor on May 7, 2021.

“How do you sustain it?”

“Lifeblood of the community”

Private schools

A primary threat

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Politics Public education State government Gary VanDeaver Texas House of Representatives