Cost of education on minds of voters

Monday, April 30, 2018
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

cash 100-dollar billAlthough Republican primary voters in Texas have overwhelmingly embraced school choice, there is a reluctance to embrace the idea across the state.

Seventy-nine percent of Lone Star State Republicans voted in favor of school choice in a state that has been reluctant to adopt any school choice options for parents.

Asked to speculate on why it's taken so long, Stacy Hock of Texans for Education Opportunity says there is a fear it might impact the public school system.

"A fear of loss," she says. "And then there is real power in the status quo. And it's risky to think about change."

Hock also tells OneNewsNow that education, including school choice, is going to play an important part in this fall's General Election.

"Because one of the top priorities," she predicts, "is going to be revisiting how we finance our public education system."

Hock says Texas spends $52 billion per year on education in a state that has 10 percent of the nation's school children.

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