Senator: Private Schools in UIL Dead for Current Session

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AUSTIN (AP) - The Senate sponsor says an attempt to allow private schools into the Texas public school athletic league is dead for this legislative session.

Public schools have been fending off attempts to crack open the University Interscholastic League for years.

This time, a bill passed the Senate but never got a vote in the full House of Representatives before deadlines prevented it from coming up.

The session ends Monday and Senator Dan Patrick, the Houston Republican who sponsored the measured, said the issue is dead for this session.

Patrick had argued that allowing private schools to compete in the UIL is an issue of fairness for families who pay taxes that support public schools but send their children to private schools.