The LIBRE Initiative Praises School Choice Bill Progress
(Austin, TX) – Today, the Texas Senate Committee on Education voted to advance Senate Bill 3, school choice legislation which would create a universal Education Savings Account program, benefitting Texas students and families. This week The LIBRE Initiative Executive Director Jorge Lima testified in support of this legislation.
Jorge Lima, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
“School choice policies – and Educational Savings Accounts in particular – expand the opportunity for parents to access the schools and tools that best meet their child’s educational needs. This is why we applaud the Senate Committee on Education for advancing this important legislation out of committee. We will continue to work to ensure passage before the entire Texas Legislature in order to provide children with the best opportunity to succeed.”
Education Savings Accounts empower parents and students to use funds towards a range of education expenses including tuition at their local school, curriculum, tutoring, online learning resources, and one-on-one therapy, among others. These reforms have the power to incentivize improvements in public schools, and are critically important to our communities. Out of the over 900,000 students attending failing schools in Texas, 70 percent are Hispanic or African-American, and 79 percent are economically disadvantaged.