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Consequences face Republicans who voted against education savings accounts

The taxpayer-financed education savings accounts rejected by the Texas House Friday were part of a much larger education bill that would have also given school districts more money and teachers a pay raise.

As a result, the House legislation is in doubt, and two separate education bills that passed in the Senate last week will likely not go anywhere in the House.

The author of the nearly 200-page HB 1, Rep. Brad Buckley, R-Salado, sent it back to committee, where it will likely die.

Here's what remains in the measure:

  • A $4,000 bonus for full-time educators and additional pay raises afterwards
  • Increases in funding for school districts per student, from $6,160 to $6,700.

What's out is the provision that would have provided taxpayer subsidies of $10,500 per student per year to help pay for private school.

Lower-income and disabled students would have been ...