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The Voucher Death Dance
The House voucher vampires get a lesson in slaying the beast
"...when a dozen Republicans broke ranks to defeat a voucher measure that threatened the funding of public schools. Instead..."

May 27, 2005 News Column by Amy Smith

The Voucher Game
As a result of a flawed, out-of-date funding formula, Bush's current $15.9 billion budget request to Congress for 2007 Section 8 funds would cut about 20,000 vouchers from 70% of housing agencies across the country, report documents
"...of Austin Housing Authority stands to lose 69 housing vouchers under President Bush's $15.9 billion budget request to Congress..."

April 7, 2006 News Feature by Cheryl Smith

Who's Funding the Voucher Campaign?
"...A partial list of pro-voucher contributors to lawmakers who have filed school voucher legislation..."

March 25, 2005 News Column by Amy Smith

Voucher Creep?
Appointment of Texas Association of Business President Bill Hammond to state Task Force on Test Security raises eyebrows and red flags
"...Force on Test Security. That's a name every school voucher proponent should love, particularly with someone like Texas Association..."

Aug. 11, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Voucher Alert
Expect to see some form of vouchers-lite come out of the Texas Education Agency in the next couple of weeks.
"...Expect to see some form of vouchers-lite come out of the Texas Education Agency in the..."

March 20, 2008 News Post by Kimberly Reeves

Stop Voucher Insanity

Feb. 11, 2007 Postmarks

Naked City
Legislator describes online learning as "the future of education;" actual educators disagree
"...heard testimony on what detractors are calling the first voucher bill of the season: HB 1445 by Rep. Jerry..."

April 1, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Vampire Vouchers Rise Again!
'Virtual' or 'Pilot' – Lege begins the biennial campaign to siphon money from public schools
"...2003 are now invoking poor kids to justify school vouchers? Poor kids, indeed. Put in that light, the pro-voucher..."

March 25, 2005 News Column by Amy Smith

On The Lege
All for Luna
"...The future of school vouchers in Texas doesn't lie on the floor of the..."

April 30, 1999 News Column

Access Denied
Cap Metro saving money means hardship for neediest riders
"...Riddering – and Cap Metro would give them a voucher to cover the first six miles of the trip,..."

July 8, 2011 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Bentzin's Tangled Web of Backers
An elite crew of critters helped bankroll Bentzin's unsuccessful, half-million dollar District 48 campaign
"...tort reform, redistricting, and persistent efforts to pass school voucher legislation and expand gaming interests in Texas) had hoped..."

Feb. 24, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Capitol Chronicle
The legislative leadership sends out feelers about a pilot voucher program.
"...few weeks ago, one could scarcely hear the word "vouchers" pass the lips of a candidate. Perhaps they noticed..."

Dec. 20, 2002 News Column by Michael King

Landlords Sue to Block Section 8 Renters
Austin Apartment Association fights Council's ban on source-of-income discrimination
"...in the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's Housing Choice Voucher program (commonly referred to as Section 8). It does..."

Dec. 19, 2014 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Round One at Round Rock
Is the noisy suburban school battle an omen of things to come?
"...board. Pointing to connections with anti-tax groups and school voucher supporters, they wonder if the ticket really has the..."

April 29, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

West Side Showdown
The new political year begins with a four-way speed race for House District 48
"...reform" – e.g., "accountability," budget-cutting, even a private school voucher program – into the school finance equation...."

Jan. 13, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Lege Wrap-Up
Education
"...of public school teachers, superintendents, administrators, PTA groups, and voucher opponents who absolutely loathed the House education plan (praised..."

June 3, 2005 News Feature

Wallet and Spirit
Sickbed Fortune
"...brawn behind Children's Economic Opportunity (CEO) Foundation, the school voucher group that Leininger started in San Antonio in 1992...."

Jan. 29, 1999 News Feature by Debbie Nathan

(Not) For Rent
With hopes of protection for Section 8 renters dashed, city takes steps to help
"...Vouch­er – commonly referred to as a "Section 8" voucher – was on the verge of getting revoked...."

Sept. 4, 2015 News Feature by Mary Tuma

The Governor's Lobbyists
Thumbnail sketches of members of Perry's money circle
"...James "Lord Voucher" Leininger: The San Antonio medical-bed tycoon and the state's..."

March 2, 2007 News Feature by Amy Smith

Surprised to Find Us Opposed to Vouchers
"...I was surprised to find your opposing stand for vouchers in Texas [“Post-Election Coverage,” News, Nov. 24, 2006] and..."

Jan. 18, 2007 Postmarks

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our picks for the Nov. 7 election
"...who has been particularly strong on education issues – anti-voucher, pro-public schools – as well as health-care, Social Security,..."

Nov. 3, 2006 News Feature

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our picks for the Nov. 7 election
"...who has been particularly strong on education issues – anti-voucher, pro-public schools – as well as health-care, Social Security,..."

Oct. 27, 2006 News Feature

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our picks for the Nov. 7 election
"...who has been particularly strong on education issues – anti-voucher, pro-public schools – as well as health-care, Social Security,..."

Oct. 20, 2006 News Feature

Naked City
Legislators argue over whether bill would drain or add money to public schools
"...partisan bids for the Legislature if a private school voucher bill becomes law...."

May 13, 2005 News Feature by Amy Smith

Capitol Chronicle
The legislative fight over vouchers and school finance has a long history and deep roots.
"...More specifically, they came to oppose legislation to create voucher programs that would siphon funding from school districts by..."

Feb. 28, 2003 News Column by Michael King

Lege Lines
School finance debate heats up, HHSC consolidation on hold?, and more
"...Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, who never met a voucher bill she won't co-author. On March 26, she presented..."

April 3, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Section 8 Reopens
Hurry up ... and wait!
"...on a waiting list for the federal rental assistance voucher program known as "Section 8." This month, the Housing..."

Oct. 3, 2014 News Feature by Amy Smith

Will Texas Do Better?
Ongoing lawsuits are keeping everything in limbo, but after that …
"...Patrick, R-Houston. Patrick is on a rampage for school vouchers, which he has dubbed "the civil rights issue of..."

Dec. 7, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Post-Election Coverage: Vouchers crap out
School-voucher proponent James Leininger contributed more campaign dollars this election cycle than in previous elections, but his gamble on GOP candidates didn't pay off at polls
"...Wealthy school-voucher proponent James Leininger contributed more campaign dollars this election..."

Nov. 24, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Naked City
"...executive director last year. – J.S. BEYOND CITY LIMITS• School-voucher proponents may have taken a bruising at the polls..."

Nov. 17, 2006 News Feature

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