Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Stars at Night...

The “Lone Star State” may soon become a bright star on the education reform map—if lawmakers succeed in enacting a sweeping new scholarship program that would benefit disadvantaged children while providing public schools with resources to improve.

Promoted by a coalition of reformers, the Taxpayer Savings Grants proposal would allow parents to access scholarships of about $5,143 to send their children to the private schools of their choice. The proposal has no cap on the number of scholarships that can be offered.

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The program is slated to, over time, save Texas taxpayers $2 billion. Moreover, the proposal is structured so that public schools would actually see a significant boost in per-pupil expenditures. That money would go toward boosting the salaries of public school teachers by $2,173 to $12,000 per year, a study shows.

Who will this program benefit the most? Low-income children who are trapped in schools that fail, year after year, with no way to escape. These kids deserve hope, and if history has taught us anything...these families will righfully be first in line to receive scholarships and improve their children's lives.

- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, ARC

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