The Texas public school finance system is due for some renovations. And we need raw material to get the job done. As the Texas Public School Finance Commission debates changes to how we fund our schools, commissioners also need to consider
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
Texans value public education. Our constitution and state laws decree that providing a quality education for all children is a state responsibility. Texas law also states that the school finance system should be substantially financed through state revenue
At a press conference today, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick made several misleading and inaccurate statements related to public education in Texas. Here are a few important things to keep in mind as we discuss supporting the over 5.3 million kids in
A committee substitute introduced on 5/11 added special ed vouchers to HB 21. Therefore we do not support this committee substitute. Here’s why vouchers are the wrong solution. Last month we were pleased to see the Texas House of Representatives
The first major pieces of Texas school finance legislation this session are up for debate in the House and in a key Senate committee.
Before we break out the champagne, however, let’s remember that both the House and Senate budgets still drastically underfund our growing state. The 2018-2019 budgets for each chamber are at least six percent lower than the 2016-2017 budget, after taking
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