As New Commission Prepares to Meet, it’s Time to Take Real Action on Public School Finance

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On Tuesday, January 23, the new Texas Commission on Public School Finance will hold its first meeting in Austin.

The Commission has the chance to hold important conversations about how to remodel our state’s public school finance system.

Better funded schools mean:

  • smaller classes with more support from teachers;
  • science labs and updated technology;
  • professional development for teachers;
  • kids more excited about learning

But we can’t fix our school finance system with a study alone. The formulas that we use to fund public schools in our state haven’t been updated in over 30 years. We also need bipartisan will and support among lawmakers to tackle the challenges we face in funding our schools and make overdue investments in public education.

Meaningful school finance reform will only happen if lawmakers come together to make necessary investments in education. The 5.3 million students enrolled in Texas’ public school systems have waited for a solution long enough, and it’s time for our elected officials to take action.

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Chandra Villanueva joined the Center for Public Policy Priorities in 2010 and focuses on school finance and education policy ranging from early education to higher education access and success. Prior to joining the Center, Chandra was the manager of Advocacy and Public Policy with the Women’s Prison Association (WPA) in New York City. At WPA, she educated formerly incarcerated women on the legislative process and researched options for pregnant women in the criminal justice system. Chandra has also served as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center with placements in Tucson, Arizona and Washington, DC. Chandra earned a Master of Public Administration from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

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