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Texas School Vouchers Next Trojan Horse Attack on Public Education- Autistic Children

18 December 2006 at 11:25:39 AM

Again, how about taxpayer money goes for PUBLIC education, that if a parent doesn't like one school's special education program for his or her kid, s/he can transfer said child to another PUBLIC school within the system and if that still doesn't serve, s/he can take own money to buy private school as a priority.

I feel like this Republican bill is an emotional plea to get vouchers in the door, and it's not fair. Where do you draw the line between any parent whose child has special needs ... but isn't autistic? Would it be fair to let kids with certain disabilities get vouchers but not the kid with dyslexia? Who decides how severe an illness has to be before the taxpayer picks up the cost of education?

The Senator from Plano, Shapiro, is pushing this, but she's not just for vouchers for autistic kids, she supports vouchers, period.

"They have a very difficult time in a regular setting in a classroom," said Shapiro, who long has supported vouchers. "I would like to see a choice program. ... It's what I think we should do for children with autism."

The number of Texas children diagnosed with various degrees of autism has nearly doubled over the past five years, increasing from 8,972 students to 17,282 in the 2005-06 school year, according to the Texas Education Agency.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects the functioning of the brain and development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills.

A voucher program would allow eligible parents to spend a certain amount of tax dollars allocated for a child's public school education at any school — public or private. The public school could be in a different district from the child's home district.

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