A recent poll of Texas homeschooling parents reveals strong support for increased parental choice in education including Educational Savings Accounts.
The data comes from the Texas Homeschool Coalition, the state’s largest parental rights organization, which commissioned the poll in order to determine the “opinions of home schoolers across the state.”
THSC summarized the findings:
- More than 7 in 10 (71 percent) of Texas home school parents support establishing Education Savings Accounts.
- Education Savings Accounts received strong support across the state. Strong majorities of home school parents supported the use of tax dollars designated to the local school for their children’s education expenses.
- Support for Education Savings Accounts was highest in the San Antonio Region (78 percent) and support did not fall below 68 percent in any region.
Expanding parental choice in education is a major issue this session with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and conservative members of the legislature supporting the issue. Most efforts this session center on establishing Educational Savings Accounts which would allow state money to follow the child to the public, charter, private, or homeschool of their choice.
State Sen. Larry Taylor (R–Friendswood) is carrying the legislation which is expected to pass the Texas Senate relatively soon. THSC is supporting Taylor’s bill.
Their full report may be viewed here.