House, Senate disagreement on ‘vouchers’ kills school funding bill

Updated May 24, 2017
State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, is the original author of House Bill 21. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The prospect of Texas public schools getting any additional money over the next two years is gone.

The Texas House on Wednesday took yet another overwhelming vote against so-called school choice, which would redirect state money to help students pay for private school tuition. Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, said the move killed House Bill 21, which over the last few weeks has turned from the Legislature’s most promising school finance bill into a school choice measure.

“I’m sorry they chose to kill House Bill 21, but that’s the choice they’ve made,” Taylor said.

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