School voucher schemes fail in South Carolina, Texas, other states.Proponents of voucher subsidies for religious and other private schools are regrouping after a series of high-profile losses in the state legislatures.
Religious school aid advocates were perhaps most stung by the defeat of a bill in Texas that would have established a pilot voucher program in urban districts. It was the first time vouchers had reached a floor vote in the Texas legislature The Texas Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Texas. The legislature meets at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. In Texas, the Legislature is considered the most powerful branch of state government because of its aggressive use of the power of the purse to since 1997, but the measure failed in the House of Representatives.
The Texas legislature is dominated by Republicans, but lawmakers are under fire for failing to find a new formula to ensure adequate public school funding. Many legislators were apparently skittish skit·tish
1. Moving quickly and lightly; lively.
2. Restlessly active or nervous; restive.
3. Undependably variable; mercurial or fickle.
4. Shy; bashful. about subsidizing private schools when public institutions are short-changed all over the state.
The voucher defeat was particularly bitter for James Leininger, a wealthy San Antonio San Antonio (săn ăntō`nēō, əntōn`), city (1990 pop. 935,933), seat of Bexar co., S central Tex., at the source of the San Antonio River; inc. 1837. businessman who has spent huge sums of money to elect candidates who favor vouchers. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. news media accounts, Leininger and House Speaker Tom Craddick Thomas Russell “Tom” Craddick (born September 19, 1943) is the first Republican to serve as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives since Reconstruction. He has represented Midland in the Texas House since 1969. hauled wavering Republicans into a back room to demand that they vote for the voucher scheme.
Tax aid to religious schools also collapsed in South Carolina South Carolina, state of the SE United States. It is bordered by North Carolina (N), the Atlantic Ocean (SE), and Georgia (SW). Facts and Figures
Area, 31,055 sq mi (80,432 sq km). Pop. (2000) 4,012,012, a 15. , a state that voucher advocates had hoped to add to their column this year. Gov. Mark Sanford Marshall Clement "Mark" Sanford, Jr. (born May 28, 1960) is an American Republican politician who has been Governor of South Carolina since 2003. Early life
Before his senior year of high school, Sanford moved with his family to a 3000 acre Coosaw Plantation near , a Republican, backed bills that would have given a $4,000 tax break to parents who send their children to private schools and extended tax breaks to corporations for giving donations to nonprofit groups that pay for private school scholarships.
South Carolina lawmakers rejected the plans.
"This was a specific abandonment of our public schools," Paul Krohne, executive director of the South Carolina School Boards Association, told Education Week. "And that just didn't ring well with our legislature."
Sanford had also proposed creating two pilot voucher programs in the state, one in a wealthy district and one in a poor one, as a test of the concept. Legislators refused to even consider the measure when they learned it would cost $500 million.
Vouchers also failed in other states, among them:
* Indiana: Lawmakers rejected a bill that would have created vouchers for about 25,000 students at schools deemed in need of improvement. The bill also would have established tuition tax credits worth $1,000 to $3,000.
* Missouri: Gov. Matt Blunt Matthew Roy "Matt" Blunt (born November 20,1970) was elected Governor of Missouri on November 2, 2004. At the age of 33, this made him the second youngest person ever elected to that office after Kit Bond. He is a member of the Republican Party. backed a bill allocating vouchers worth approximately $4,000 for low-income students, students with low grade-point averages and students who have been removed from public schools for discipline problems. The legislature refused to consider the measure.
* Florida: An effort by Gov. Jeb Bush to expand the state's voucher program failed. Bush wanted to offer vouchers to any student who fails the state's reading assessment test for three years in a row, but the legislature balked balk
v. balked, balk·ing, balks
1. To stop short and refuse to go on: The horse balked at the jump.
Not all states rejected voucher plans. Utah lawmakers passed a measure to provide $1.4 million in vouchers for students with disabilities. Ohio legislators passed budgets that expand that state's existing voucher program and increase the amounts of the vouchers.
In addition, lawmakers in Arizona approved a plan to offer corporations tax breaks in exchange for donations to nonprofits that will use the money to offer vouchers. Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat, vetoed the measure.