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Senator Donna Campbell's Senate Bill 276
"As soon as practicable, but not later than October 15, 2015, the comptroller, in coordination with the commissioner of education, shall adopt rules to implement the Taxpayer Savings Grant Program under Section 42.501, Education Code"...
 
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The Taxpayer Savings Grant Program allows parents and guardians of school-age children to apply for a grant equal to tuition at a private school or 60% of the state average per-pupil spending, whichever is less.

Making Texas Public Education More Efficient: Taxpayer Savings Grants

Joseph Bast, Heartland Institute –March 8, 2013 TSG would enable the state of Texas to comply with its constitutional mandate to “establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools.”

The TSG would reimburse parents and legal guardians for “the amount of actual tuition costs or sixty percent of the state average per-pupil maintenance and operations expenditure, whichever is less.” Approximately 321,000 students would use savings grants in the first year saving taxpayers some $561 million. Savings in the first biennial budget would be $1.3 billion. In subsequent years savings would grow, so that over the course of 12 years, using extremely conservative estimates, taxpayers would save $22.8 billion.

Students would benefit as well. Other school choice programs around the country have demonstrated how choice improves student achievement, retention, and other outcomes. Parents and teachers will be happier. Click to read the full text of this document

The Taxpayer Savings Grants Program

would solve the problems identified by plaintiffs in the court case pending against the state by using markets to make the state’s school system more efficient, by reducing the cost of education while increasing its quality. See this spreadsheet for details:

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Senator Ted Cruz Highlights School Choice at CPAC

Press Release: 1.1 Million Texans Vote for School Choice Initiative; More Than 85 Percent in Support

On Tuesday, more than 85 percent of Texas Republicans voted in favor of school choice and in support of Taxpayer Savings Grants. This result is confirmation that Texans want school choice, taxpayer savings, and the opportunity to choose the school that is right for their child.

A Texas-sized idea, By Richard Komer & Matt Miller

Sometimes it takes a budget crisis like the one virtually all states are facing to spawn a great idea. As is the case in every state, a huge proportion of Texas’s budget is spent on public schools. Now Texas has an opportunity to shore up its state budget while improving the quality of education for its children. The remaining four days in the state’s biennial legislative session will determine whether Texas is ready to demonstrate the kind of bold national leadership it prides itself on. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/26/a-texas-sized-idea/

Coalition Letter

Read our coalition members' letter that Texans for Voluntary Taxpayer Savings, Inc delivered to the members of the Texas Legislature. Read the letter

Teacher Study Press Release

Read the Teacher Study Press Release

Pie chart showing taxpayer savings