Vouchers Hurt Students and Our Communities

The growth and prosperity of our state over the past 50 years has been fueled by our strong public education system. Let's continue to strengthen our public schools by focusing on important issues like teacher shortages and student achievement — not vouchers. 

Vouchers would weaken Texas public schools by sending taxpayer dollars to private schools that are not accountable to taxpayers.  

Did you know?

  • Studies show school vouchers, or education savings accounts, have no consistent, positive impact on student achievement. (Source: Raise Your Hand Texas)
  • Vouchers are sold as a way to help impoverished students, but in reality, they’re often used by higher-income families to attend private schools. (Source: Raise Your Hand Texas)
  • Special education students who take advantage of vouchers lose most of their protections under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (Source: The New York Times)
  • Public schools must follow strict accountability standards. Private schools do not have to meet the same standards. Public dollars should not go to private schools that are not held accountable.
  • “School choice” doesn’t really mean parents can send their child to any school, because private schools can pick and choose their students. Public schools welcome all children.

For more on vouchers, read our position paper, Public schools, not vouchers, offer the most school choice.

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