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School Voucher Supporters Gather at Capitol

Bob Daemmrich/Texas Tribune

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush led a rally at the Capitol today in support of school vouchers and expanded charter school in Texas.

Bush served on the board of one of the state’s top charter-school operators, and his office oversees the nation's largest educational endowment. Also speaking was State Sen. Donna Campbell who, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, has been a strong supporter of vouchers that would funnel state funding to private and religious schools.

Last session, lawmakers approved an expansion of charter schools. But voucher proposals died in the House, which passed a bipartisan resolution declaring that public funding should go only to public schools.

Many of the attendees at today's demonstration were schoolchildren from various Catholic and private schools.

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