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Copyright (c) 2012 The School of Law Texas Tech University
Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal

ARTICLE: WHERE HAVE ALL THE TAXES GONE: CREATING AND ADMINISTERING A WORKING EDUCATION SYSTEM FOR TEXAS THROUGH UNIVERSAL VOUCHERS

Summer, 2012

Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal

13 Tex. Tech. Admin. L. J. 209

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by Jacob Blizzard*

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I. Introduction



Many states, as well as the federal government, struggle with how to improve education while making it affordable for taxpayers. Texas has struggled for many years to finance and implement a high quality, fair, and constitutional education system. 1 Despite the many efforts to improve the quality of education in the Texas public school system, including tripling spending, Texas cannot show significant gains to its public education overall. 2 The traditional school-funding model used in Texas operates by relying heavily on ad valorem property taxes. 3 While Texas uses this method, Texas also attempts to equalize finances across the state. 4 Consequently, Texas has found itself in constant battle over the constitutionality of its finance program, while at the same time not producing positive education results. 5



This article proposes a new finance system and administration to the Texas education system using universal school vouchers for students to attend the school of their choice, public or private. 6 Many articles and theories discuss the workings of vouchers, how effective they are, and what will happen under their implementation. 7 However, this article focuses specifically on how to implement and administer a universal voucher program in Texas based on the constraints of the Texas constitution and revenue available in the education budget without increases in government spending. 8



Discussing the essentials of how to implement a universal voucher system in Texas, this article covers what exactly a universal voucher is, how much funding is available ...
 
 
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