The first major pieces of Texas school finance legislation this session are up for debate in the House and in a key Senate committee.
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,
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
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.
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
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
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
One of the most effective ways we can help kids compete and succeed in life is to make sure they are ready to start Kindergarten. Research has shown positive results from the state-supported Pre-K program, yet Texas regularly receives low
If you’re a budget analyst like me, the summer before the Legislature meets is as exciting as watching a rodeo rider get ready for what’s always a wild ride. Even if you’re not a budget analyst, it’s worth paying attention to