Promising School Finance Bills Stuck in Texas Legislative Limbo

Chandra Kring Villanueva

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 approve a bill that would take some good steps toward remodeling our neglected school finance system. […]

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 […]

A Recap of the Texas House Budget

Eva DeLuna Castro

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 into account population growth and cost inflation.

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 The bill removes some outdated and inefficient elements in the system while also adding additional […]

House Budget Proposals: Using Rainy Day Fund Critical to Health Care & Education

Eva DeLuna Castro

failure to adopt this proposal in its current form could mean that more than half a million Texans lose access to health care

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 […]

Let’s renovate our school finance system

Chandra Kring Villanueva

Maintaining an old house is hard work. Everyone knows that for a home to retain its value and run efficiently it needs periodic repairs and updates. Our school finance system, in many ways, is similar to an old house that has fallen into disrepair. More than 30 years of legal challenges and legislative adjustments have […]