School Choice Headed to Texas
March 23, 2023
Texas has become the most recent state to see its elected officials rally around school choice legislation. This pro-parental rights policy would create Education Savings Accounts (ESA) allowing up to $8,000 dollars per student to be allowed to be spent on private school education. This program allows tax dollars to follow the student, not the district, so parents are not required to send schools decided by government drawn lines. The specific bill, SB8, that accomplishes this goal also has taken on the sexualization of children that has been happening in schools across the nation.
The bill would also restrict schools from instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity topics "in a manner that's not age-appropriate" and require districts to upload their lesson plans to an online portal where parents could see the learning materials.