AUSTIN (April 11, 2013)--The Texas Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 23 on Thursday, opening the door for floor debate on school vouchers.
The measure would offer tax credits to businesses that establish scholarships helping low-income students leave poor-performing public schools for private or religious ones, but an amendment by state Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, would mean that, to qualify for scholarships, children would have to be at risk of dropping out of school and come from low-income families.
The bill originally allowed at-risk or low-income students to qualify.
Opponents say the plan would drain money from already cash-strapped public schools.
The state House has already passed a resolution stating that public money should be spent only on public schools.