2013 Lege Wrap-Up: Adult Basic Education & Literacy

CPPP Leslie Helmcamp

The 2013 Legislature brought big changes to the Adult Basic Education (ABE) and literacy system in Texas. SB 307 by Sen. Joan Huffman, effective September 1, transfers oversight of ABE programs from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The bill is a positive step towards strengthening Texas’ ABE and literacy programs […]

Preliminary Look at Public School Funding in the State Budget

In the state budget deal for 2014-15 that’s still a few pieces short of being finalized by the 83rd Legislature, public education would see a 7 percent biennial increase, from $52 billion in 2012-13 to $56 billion in 2014-15.  General Revenue support for public education would rise by 8 percent in SB 1, or 8.5 percent […]

Budget Conference Committee Proposal Doesn’t Account For Growth

With just a few days left in the 2013 legislative regular session, details and summary information on the 2013 and 2014-15 state budget deals are finally starting to emerge. The conference committee report for Senate Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act for 2014-15, includes $94.6 billion in General Revenue spending, and an All Funds budget of […]

Will the Senate Choose Tax Breaks Or Investments in Texas’ Future?

Dick Lavine, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities

The Senate this week will consider tax giveaways that would reduce the amount available to support public services in the next state budget by $1 billion. Supporters claim these tax breaks bring businesses to Texas and encourage economic development, but every dollar lost in revenue is a dollar lost from funding for education and health […]

OPED–Lawmakers have an opportunity to do more for Texas kids

“When it comes to funding priorities for Texas children, legislators appear to be facing similar tough choices as they work to finalize the state budget. The Senate and House have proposed 2014-15 budgets that, at first glance, seem to highlight different priorities for Texas kids. For example, the House proposes more state money, about $1 […]

We Can’t Overlook Equity When We Talk About Public Ed Funding

Chandra Villanueva

Earlier this year, Judge Dietz found the Texas school finance system to be inadequate and inequitable. The inadequacy finding was undoubtedly exasperated by the $4 billion cut in formula funding and more than $1 billion cut from educational grant programs during the 2011 legislative session. As the Legislature works to restore funding to public schools […]

Open Letter to State Budget Conferees

Today, we sent a letter to the budget conferees outlining our recommendations for reconciling the differences between the House and the Senate regarding health and human services and public and higher education. The conference committee will probably finish making its decisions by Friday, May 10. Only a few days are left for you to make […]

HB 2662 Would Help Texas Students Build Brighter Financial Futures

Last week, the House Public Education committee heard Rep. Marsha Farney’s bill (HB 2662) to create a semester-long personal financial literacy course required for high school graduation and I provided testimony in support of this bill. A stand-alone personal financial literacy (PFL) course in high school would better equip Texas students with real-world skills that […]

Preliminary House Budget Doesn’t Move Education Funding Forward

Chandra Villanueva

Today, the House budget proposal hits the floor for what will likely to a marathon debate on what our 2014-15 spending will look like. When it comes to public education, the House proposal doesn’t meet the needs of Texas’ children. Here’s an excerpt from my newest policy page about school finance and the House budget […]

Texas Still Has Time For A Much Needed Boost To Financial Aid

CPPP Leslie Helmcamp

If the Legislature is serious about preparing the Texas workforce for future jobs, we need greater investment in higher education that empowers more low-income students to enter and complete college. This Thursday, the Texas House has the opportunity to add more funding to the state’s financial aid programs—proven tools to increase college access and success— […]