In an unexpected turn of events, the Select Committee on Educational Opportunity and Enrichment has reportedly concluded its highly anticipated report ahead of schedule. While committee members have been privy to its contents, an embargo imposed by Chairman Buckley has effectively silenced any leaks until its official release tomorrow, August 11th.
Insiders suggest that committee members have been discreetly informed not to share details of the report prematurely. According to one House member: “We weren’t really threatened but we were strongly encouraged not to share the information.”
This unusual move has sparked curiosity and speculation among education advocates.
Rumors circulating around the report suggest a noteworthy inclusion—a mild statement hinting at the exploration or consideration of school choice, a.k.a vouchers. An anonymous source revealed that this draft version, received by committee members, contains language related to the contentious topic of school choice.
While the public awaits the report’s unveiling, attention is also directed towards a potential special session on vouchers. However, it’s been indicated that this session won’t be convened until after the conclusion of the impeachment trial of Attorney General Ken Paxton, which is set to start Sept 5.
Educational advocates, particularly those in support of public schools, are already strategizing on how to approach the possibility of vouchers in the forthcoming special session. Focus seems to be shifting towards securing the support of the 24 Republican House members who previously endorsed the Herrero Amendment during the regular session of the 88th Texas Legislature. Notably, this amendment effectively prohibited the use of public funds for private and religious schools across Texas.
As the embargo on the committee report continues, anticipation grows over what revelations it might hold and how it could impact the contentious dialogue surrounding educational opportunity and school choice in Texas. All eyes will be on tomorrow’s release, marking a significant moment in the ongoing debate.