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Voucher, Parent Trigger Bills Pass Out of Senate Education Committee

04.08.2015 — The Senate Education Committee met Tuesday, April 7, and passed out the following bills:

  • SB 4 by Larry Taylor – would create both private school voucher and tuition tax credit programs. The committee first discussed this bill and heard many hours of public testimony on March 26. This time, the committee passed the bill with an 8-to-3 vote. It now goes before the full Senate.

In anticipation of SB 4 being considered by the Senate, we urge TASA members to contact their senators to express opposition to this bill. TASA has prepared talking points for school leaders to refer to when discussing vouchers and taxpayer savings grants with their legislators. We urge you to contact your senator immediately to oppose bills on vouchers and taxpayer savings grants, which would take needed funds away from public schools.

Download talking points on vouchers

Download talking points on taxpayer savings grants

  • SB 14 by Taylor – this “parent trigger” bill would add allow parents, as defined in the bill, of students enrolled at a campus with an unacceptable performance rating for two consecutive years to submit a petition to the commissioner of education requesting that the commissioner order reconstitution, repurposing, alternative management, or closure of the campus. This bill was first discussed on March 19.
  • SB 66 by Juan Hinojosarequires school districts and charter schools to implement policies related to the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors to individuals reasonably believed to be experiencing anaphylaxis (and other related provisions). The committee discussed this bill on March 12.
  • SB 168 by Carlos Uresti – would allow the commissioner of education to waive the requirement for superintendent certification if requested by a school district. The committee first discussed this bill on April 1.