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Texas Senate passes four priority bills, including school choice

Within two days of Gov. Greg Abbott calling a fourth special legislative session, the Texas Senate passed four bills, advancing all of his legislative priorities late Thursday night and early Friday morning, including two border security bills and two education bills.

At the top on the list was Abbott’s priority legislative goal of the year: to create school choice in Texas for the first time in state history.

Abbott called two previous special sessions this year for the legislature to pass a school choice bill filed by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe. But the bill went nowhere in the Republican-controlled House.

Last month, during the third special legislative session, Abbott expanded the call to include additional funding for public education, but Creighton’s bill, which the Senate passed again, went nowhere in the House.

On Thursday, two days after Creighton’s bills, SB 1 and SB 2, were filed, the Senate passed them again. The fourth special session is the fourth attempt to ...