Education Reform in Texas: The third special session in Texas begins on October 9. Governor Greg Abbott is in charge. Abbott wants to discuss public education issues like school choice and funding. However, the session’s topic still needs to be discovered.
This choice was made due to a previous stalemate in the legislature, when lawmakers denied additional funding to struggling school areas affected by inflation and economic instability. On Abbott’s to-do list, the debate over “school choice,” using public money for private learning, is still contentious.
During a regular parliament session, the disagreement between the House and the Senate on school savings accounts added to the challenges. School systems dealing with lack of money, low teacher pay, and possible school closures felt the effects. After the Senate cleared Attorney General Ken Paxton of impeachment charges, finding a middle ground on school options became more difficult.
Gov. Abbott may call additional special sessions and propose a vote if legislative progress halts. The upcoming special session will be a turning point for Texas education policy.