There are many reasons why vouchers shouldn’t be allowed in Texas:
Despite Texas legislators voting overwhelmingly against vouchers during the regular session, some lawmakers are trying to pass another voucher proposal aimed at special needs students in the 11th hour during the special session.
Here are just a few reasons why this proposal is a bad idea for Texas students and our local public schools:
- Under current state law, private schools are not required to provide the same protections and services for special education students as public schools.
In the rare case that a public school is not able to provide for a student’s needs at the school, federal law already has provisions for the school district to provide a free and adequate education in another setting, such as a private school.
- The proposed Education Savings Account (ESAs) will not cover the full cost of attendance for a student with disabilities.
Private schools that are specifically designed to help students with disabilities usually have costly tuition and limited room. Then there are other associated costs, such as transportation and uniforms. This would create a disparity issue for low-income students.
- ESAs for students with disabilities require students and parents to forego hard-won federal legal protections.
Private schools are not part of the public school system and do not provide the full protections offered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), nor are they subject to the additional requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
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