Keeping the Public in Public Schools
IDRA Policy Issues for Texas in 2019
The best way to strengthen public schools is to strengthen public schools. Diverting public money for private schools and subsidies for the rich takes money away from our communities resulting in higher taxes for homeowners and businesses. More importantly, private school vouchers, education savings accounts (ESAs), charter schools and related schemes further segregate students and do not result in improved learning.
Diverting public money for private schools takes money away from our communities resulting in higher taxes for homeowners and businesses in the community.
Investing in our neighborhood public schools is investing in our community.
IDRA believes that the best way to improve public schools is to invest in public education. Proponents of vouchers, tuition tax credits, non-public charter schools and other methods propose to improve education by diverting public resources to support private ventures. Private schools by design are selective and exclusive, not accountable to elected bodies, and allowed to operate without regard to rules and regulations applicable to public schools, including requirements related to special education and civil rights.
Contrary to the belief of a few, funneling public money to private schools will not fuel improvement of public education, but instead, drain already limited resources and dilute broad community support for what has long been considered a valid civic function.
Joint statement: Increase the Transparency and Efficiency of Charter Schools in Texas. 15 major education groups in Texas released a policy agenda for all Texas students in 2019 and level the playing field for public schools. These teacher groups, school administrators, school board members, and public education advocates have come together to support a legislative agenda that will increase the transparency and efficiency of charter schools in Texas.
Why More Charter Schools and School Vouchers Are Not Needed in Texas
IDRA Policy Issues in 2015 for Texas
Find out why and see more on IDRA’s other policy issues for this session in Texas.