Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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- The Year in Climate Realism: A Review of 2016 - January 6, 2017
- Dear President-elect Trump: Don’t Listen to Ben Santer - December 28, 2016
The Heartland Institute has been offering intellectual support to a new school reform movement in Texas called the Taxpayers’ Savings Grant. It would save a stressed Texas budget $2 billion over the next two years by allowing parents to move their children from public schools to private schools, using a savings grant of up to $5,143 to pay for tuition.
That $2 billion figure is half the amount the state tentatively plans to cut from education spending – and, as a bonus, it will improve the state’s education system by allowing money to follow the student to the most efficient and successful schools.
State Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) is at this moment trying to gain support for the idea in the Texas legislature. We are working with allies in the Lone Star State, including the San Antonio-based Justice Foundation and Texans for Voluntary Taxpayer Savings.
For more information on a reform idea that will save money, and help Texas kids get a better education, see Heartland’s research on the subject here.
Heartland released a statement to the press today, which you can read below:
“The Taxpayers’ Savings Grants Program is a great opportunity to save taxpayers $2 billion a year while allowing those parents who are not satisfied with their children’s current public schools to try something else. It’s difficult to imagine why anyone would object to such a fair and common-sense reform effort. Critics of this program need to check their premises. Is it really the best interests of the children that motivates their opposition, or the self interests of those who profit from current school policies?”
Joseph L. Bast
President, The Heartland Institute
“It’s time for money to follow children, not systems, to the best educational option. Taxpayers’ Savings Grants are an idea whose time has come. The grants save money and reallocate more resources to classrooms. They even increase per-pupil spending for children remaining in public schools. This is a massive win-win for Texas families and taxpayers.”
Director, Center for School Reform
The Heartland Institute
“It’s time for savings and liberty to come to Texas education.”
President, The Justice Foundation
San Antonio, Texas