AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Education Policy will hold a policy primer, “Celebrating Milton Friedman’s Legacy: The State of School Choice in Texas,” on Wednesday, July 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Capitol Grill inside the Texas State Capitol.

During the 83rd Texas Legislature, Texas took meaningful steps in improving public school choice – but it still has a long way to go. By elevating the cap on Texas’ open enrollment charter schools and improving provider-flexibility for digital and online content, the legislature provided Texas students with many more education options. Unfortunately, all private school choice legislation, including tax credits, education scholarships, and scholarships for special needs students failed to pass into law. Texas continues to trail behind many other states in this sphere, and it is the most vulnerable segments of our population, including low-income families and families with special-needs children, that suffer the most.

Panelists include:

·         The Honorable Donna Campbell, M.D., Member, Education Committee, Texas State Senate

·         Tom Currah, Senior Advisor and Data Analysis Director at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

·         Lindsay Gustafson, Consultant, Texas Classroom Teachers Association

·         Peggy Venable, Director, Americans for Prosperity – Texas


To schedule an interview with TPPF Center for Education Policy analyst James Golsan or Vice President of Policy Chuck DeVore, please contact Kristen Indriago at 512.472.2700 or [email protected].


WHO:        Texas Public Policy Foundation

WHAT:      Celebrating Milton Friedman’s Legacy: The State of School Choice in Texas 

WHEN:      Wednesday, July 31, 2013

                  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                                   

 WHERE:    Texas State Capitol

                  Capitol Grill

                  1100 Congress Avenue

                  Room E1.002

                  Austin, TX 78701                                           


The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.


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