Category Archives: Legislature

Down: Texas Public Education Spending per Student

The Legislative Budget Board documents what most educators know: As student enrollment in The Lone Star State grows, Texas public education spending per student shrinks.

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Legislative Update: Do You Think There Will Be More Money for Education?

A quote from an article in the Texas Observer: “Republican leaders are already hoping to extend the austerity measures that cut billions from education, so putting any money back into schools is going to be tough—even though last session’s cuts … Continue reading

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Texas School Finance Primer

The month of October hosts Halloween. That may make October the ideal month to blog about the Texas Public School System. Here are three sites you can to visit to learn more about public school funding and relevant issues surrounding … Continue reading

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Please Sue Us Soon (Part III)

This is the third and final blog in a three-part series titled, “Please Sue Us Soon.” Texas now has three school finance lawsuits in various stages of development. In all likelihood, School Districts will prevail on one litigation point, if … Continue reading

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Please Sue Us Soon.

In 2006, the Texas Legislature created a K-12 public school funding system that was perpetually underfunded. The underfunding can be referred to as a structural deficit – a planned gap where there will never be enough funding to cover expenditures. … Continue reading

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Fair: Equity and Adequacy

One Texas-based, school support organization is preparing to sue the State of Texas over its policies and practices for funding K-12 public schools. That organization wants “fair funding for all Texas taxpayers and students.” Right now, per student funding for … Continue reading

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School Finance: Let’s Not Forget The Promise

In 2006, the Texas State Legislature began the process to lower school property taxes. Local school districts receive a portion of their revenue from local property taxes. A drop in school property taxes can mean a loss in revenue. The … Continue reading

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