TX House & Senate Budgets Side by Side

Eva DeLuna Castro

CPPP recommends that the conference committee members adopt the best elements of each budget proposal to most effectively support health care, education and other essential programs and services that benefit all Texans.

Promising School Finance Bills Advance in Texas House and Senate

Chandra Kring Villanueva

The first major pieces of Texas school finance legislation this session are up for debate in the House and in a key Senate committee. On Wednesday the full House will debate HB 21. Sponsored by House Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty, HB 21 has many positive provisions and is a promising first step toward […]

Tuition Cap, Ending Set-Asides Won’t Help Students Afford College

Garrett Groves

The Texas Senate has approved two bills that fail to address the state role in making college affordable for Texas students. While capping tuition may seem like an easy solution to the rising cost of college tuition in Texas, in reality, this Band-Aid would not address one of the key drivers of rising costs – […]

The Ups and Downs of School Finance: Protecting the Floor while Raising the Ceiling

Chandra Kring Villanueva

CPPP Recommendation: Increase the basic allotment floor to $5,200 to absorb funding elements eliminated in HB 21. The House Public Education Committee recently passed HB 21, which takes the first step in making needed improvement to the school finance system. The bill removes some outdated and inefficient elements in the system while also adding additional […]

Big Week for the Budget

Eva DeLuna Castro

When you’re in a hole – especially a self-induced one – stop digging. The Senate should boost investments in the services Texans need and stop pushing for new cuts to revenue.

First Look — Senate Budget Update Improves Health, Higher Ed. Funding

Eva DeLuna Castro

Today the Senate Finance Committee approved its substitute for the Senate budget proposal (Senate Bill 1), the General Appropriations Act for 2018 and 2019. Total spending proposed for the next budget cycle in SB 1 is $217.7 billion, a 0.7 percent increase compared to the $216 billion in state and federal revenue budgeted for 2016-17. This means a real spending drop of almost eight percent, once population growth and inflation are taken into account. Total General Revenue spending would be $106.3 billion, which would be a 1.6 percent drop from 2016-17 even before any population or inflation adjustment.

School vouchers – by any name – are wrong for Texas children

Ann Beeson

On Tuesday morning, the Senate Education Committee will discuss Senate Bill 3, a dangerous proposal that would use taxpayer dollars to subsidize private school education. As the proud product of Dallas public schools, the daughter and granddaughter of public school teachers and principals, and the executive director of a non-profit policy group that believes deeply […]

Tweens at Risk of Dropping out before High School

Chandra Kring Villanueva

Texas students in grades four through eight (known as “the middle grades”) are considered at-risk in the education pipeline. These “tweens” are at a make or break period for determining future academic success. Research has shown that students who are not proficient in reading by the beginning of fourth grade are four times more likely […]

House Public Education Committee takes on School Finance Reform with HB 21

Chandra Kring Villanueva

You can print out a copy of this post as a 2-pager here. Delivering on their promise to address the minimally constitutional school finance system this session, the House Public Education Committee heard HB 21 by Chairman Dan Huberty. HB 21 is a good first step toward improving the school finance system because it aims […]

How Texas Education Chief Gave $100 Million to Rich Homeowners

Dick Lavine

Recently the Texas Education Commissioner changed the interpretation of a long-standing statue in order to give $100 million to wealthy homeowners in wealthy school districts. KEY TAKEAWAYS: *It’s understandable that school districts have concerns about the underfunding of the Texas public school finance system and want state leaders to make changes. *But a sudden, under-the-radar […]