Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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January 24, 2013

CISD discusses school vouchers, election

District stands to lose $500,000

 

After the discussion of concealed firearms on campus at Tuesday’s Cleburne ISD board meeting, trustees tackled more traditional business. 

Among items on the agenda was discussion on school choice vouchers, and the Taxpayer Savings Grant Program, largely opposed by many public school administrators.

No exception is Superintendent Tim Miller, who presented several points about school choice vouchers and similar potential public school funding cuts. 

The problem with school choice vouchers, Miller said, is that students may leave the district for homeschooling where parents might use the money from a voucher as they pleased, unlike public schools which have strict rules on state funds.      

“The concern is taking funding away from public schools,” CISD spokesperson Lisa Magers said. “We feel that we want to reject all attempts to divert funding [from public schools] to private schools [and home schooling]. If tax dollars are awarded to private schools, they should be held to the same standard as public schools.” 

Trustees, save for Jay Wilson, who abstained from voting, approved a resolution calling on the Texas Legislature to “reject all attempts to divert public dollars away from public schools in the form of vouchers, tax payer savings grants, tax credits or any other mechanisms that have the effect of reducing funding to public schools.” 

The Taxpayer Savings Grant Program was suggested during the 82nd Legislative Session but did not make it into legislation. However, trustees said, it is likely to come up again in 2013. Magers said the resolution will be sent to state Rep. Rob Orr, R-Burleson, and Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, as well as the Texas Association of School Administrators. 

In other business: 

zx Trustees approved a joint election with the city of Cleburne for May 11. Places 6 and 7, held by MJ Larrison and Wilson, respectively, are up for election.

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