If the Texas education savings account gets passed, a new agenda will be added according to Governor Greg Abbott.
Texas Education Savings Account And Other Agenda
Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has stated that if the state legislature passes school vouchers, he will add teacher raises and public school funding to his special session agenda along with education savings accounts agenda. Currently, the Texas education savings account (a voucher-like program) is the only education item listed on Abbott’s agenda.
Lawmakers have already drafted a bill on public school funding, but it cannot pass unless Abbott adds it to his agenda together with the Texas education savings account. The issue of school vouchers and funding will now move to the Texas House as an addition to the existing agenda of the Texas education savings account.
Aside from the issues the Texas education savings account is facing, teachers have not received a raise in the regular session, and many feel that their raises are being held hostage to a voucher bill. Abbott expressed confidence that Texas education savings account will be passed, stating that the House is very close to passing them.
According to a published article by Fort Worth Business Press, he is determined to make sure his agenda such as the Texas education savings account are implemented in the state. Pro-voucher Republican representatives suggested ways to garner support for his agenda such as the Texas education savings account, including framing the program as giving taxpayers the option to opt out of the public school system and directing their dollars elsewhere.
Close To Passing
In a published article by The Texas Tribune, Abbott believes the House is close to passing education savings accounts and has been working with a group of House Republicans to draft a voucher bill.