There are many reasons why vouchers shouldn’t be allowed in Texas:
- A taxpayer-funded voucher system would create one of the largest entitlement programs in Texas history. Only a portion of Texas students would actually qualify for the entitlement. The disproportion has the potential to decimate the funding available to local school districts.
- Private and parochial schools are not accountable for their performance. Private schools are not required to report test results, graduation rates, and other performance metrics to the public, leaving taxpayers in the dark on how well students are being educated.
- Vouchers do not provide students and parents with real choice. Under private school voucher programs, choice ultimately rests with the school — not with families.
- Vouchers aren’t real choice. In fact, schools can cherry-pick students. Voucher programs allow schools to reject students based on factors such as economic status, gender, religion, academic achievement, sexual orientation, and disability.
- Voucher programs take millions of dollars away from Texas public schools. Many of these schools are already underfunded and struggle to pay for the basics needed to educate the vast majority of Texas students.
- Vouchers put Texas’ most vulnerable students at an even greater disadvantage. By taking money away from public schools to fund vouchers, programs aimed to help students with special needs and disabilities are at a risk of losing their funding.
- The proof is in the pudding: Voucher programs do not work. Studies show students participating in voucher programs in Louisiana and Indiana ended up doing worse on reading and math than their public school counterparts. The same is true for voucher programs in Ohio, Washington, D.C., and Milwaukee that have been habitually failing students.
- Vouchers take your tax dollars out of your community. Vouchers allow students to attend schools located outside of your community. This means YOUR tax money would go out of your community to benefit another community.