Texas Surpreme Court Endorses School Choice
The Texas Public Policy Foundation, which provided much of the academic research for the court, looked at the Edgewood school district in San Antonio, where donors started a privately financed voucher program. The results indicate that not only have the kids with the vouchers benefited, but so have kids in the public schools that are now forced to compete for students
My emphasis added. Wow, so when teachers think their jobs could be in jeopardy they perform better? What a revelation! I think I remember hearding something on this, maybe in econ 101... was it called competition? While the court suggests that school choice could be a great solution, it does not impose it. In true judicial conservatism, they specifically say that policy decisions are up to the legislature. According to the article, this flys in stark contrast to other courts who have ordered tax hikes to increase school funding.
In one of the most notorious cases, in Kansas City, Missouri in the 1980s, a judge issued an edict requiring a $1 billion tax hike to help the failing inner-city schools. This raised expenditures to about $14,000 per student, or double the national average, but test scores continued to decline. Even the judge later admitted that he had blundered.
Watch for NEA reaction.