Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Texas Autism School Voucher Bill Appears Stalled

While researching bills in the Texas Legislature, I looked up Senate Bill 1000, a proposal to allow parents to use public school vouchers to send their autistic children to be educated in schools of their choice, including private schools, using state money. The bill appears to be stalled in the Senate, with no action reported in the House. (Find it here, via the legislature's website.)

This bill got some attention earlier this year among education policy watchers. (See "Autism Takes Stage in School Voucher Debate," here.) While proponents saw the idea as a way to help children with autism spectrum disorders, critics (including educators who have opposed school voucher plans in general) opposed the measure as an attempt to open the door to broader attempts to use public funds for private schools.

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