School Finance

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For numerous years, many school districts across Texas have seen the state’s portion of their funding steadily decrease.  House Bill 21 this legislative session was an effort to begin turning that trend around by rewriting what’s referred to as “the formulas”- the equations used for determining how much state funding is appropriated.

From Texas Standard:

After months of back and forth over how to fix what ails funding for Texas schools, lawmakers argued late into the night, Wednesday over a bill that would pump more state money into school budgets statewide. In the end, members of the House and Senate couldn't see eye to eye on what to leave in the bill to make school financing more equitable statewide.

Ryan Poppe

Legislation to reform school funding is “dead.”  That’s what Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a statement late Wednesday.

The biggest rift over the school funding bill boiled down to vouchers backed by Patrick.  He pressed the Senate to add vouchers to the House’s legislation.

Texas House of Representatives

Wednesday at the State Capitol, House lawmakers will vote on legislation aimed at overhauling how the state funds public education.  But while the bill provides schools an estimated $1.6 billion more in public education dollars, critics say it does very little to help  economically-disadvantaged students.

In 2016 the Texas Supreme Court settled what had been a four year long court battle between school districts and the state, stating that Texas’ system for funding public education was constitutional, but was  in need of top to bottom reforms.

Ryan E. Poppe

Lawmakers in Austin are examining the ins and outs of the state’s school finance system  ahead of the 2017 legislative session, where funding may be limited.  The state’s highest court found the system to be constitutional, yet inadequate, and now some lawmakers are pushing to change the state formulas that may fund your child’s education

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