Absurd political payoff for school choice in Senate bill | Key border related bills filed in Austin – Pratt on Texas 3/13/2023

The news of Texas covered today includes:

Our Lone Star story of the day: Border and illegal immigration related news from both the border in El Paso and the statehouse in Austin.

On Sunday about a thousand rushed the U.S. border checkpoint at an El Paso border crossing.

And Friday, the legislative bill filing deadline, several serious bills were filed to change and further enable Texas’ response to the invasion along our border with Mexico.

Our Lone Star story of the day is sponsored by Allied Compliance Services providing the best service in DOT, business and personal drug and alcohol testing since 1995.

Texas Senate School Choice Plan Grants $8,000 Student ESAs, $10,000 Reimbursement for Rural Districts | The Texan. If reporting is correct it is outrageous to call school districts “rural” with up to “20,000” students! Additionally, though it may be needed to pass the choice bill, paying districts $10,000 per student they lose is setting up encouragement for them to shed students instead of get better to attract students. Districts end up with more money per student anyway if they lose students because they then divide their property tax take among fewer pupils.

Governor Abbott names three Texas Tech system regents: Cash, Culp, and Sweatt.

Podcast Extra segment on the Battle of Refugio – the 5th segment in the podcast of today’s show.

And, other news of Texas.

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