Tallahassee, Fla. – With momentum growing for school choice in Texas, lawmakers will consider a groundbreaking Education Savings Account (ESA) program providing families with greater educational choices.
Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor, creates an ESA program for all Texas K-12 students who attended public school the prior year or first-time kindergartners.
The bill also creates a Tax Credit Scholarship Program for select at-risk student populations, specifically students with disabilities, low-income students and students in foster care.
“It is great to see such momentum for school choice in Texas. This bill will empower Texas parents and families to find the best educational setting to fit their child’s individual needs. The time is now for Texas to join the long list of states championing more educational choice for students.” – ExcelinEd in Action National Legislative Director Alex Kelly
The momentum for more school choice options was evident as thousands of students from all over the state gathered in Austin at the Capitol last week. Speakers at the rally included Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
Lt. Gov. Patrick and Sen. Taylor unveiled the legislation at a press conference on Monday during which two mothers shared their personal experiences and how this legislation would help their children.
In another sign of growing interest, Texas lawmakers will also consider House Bill 1335, sponsored by Rep. Ron Simmons, which creates an ESA program for children with special needs and other at-risk populations.