Texas community colleges have been experiencing a historic growth spurt but might be forced to increase class sizes and lay off employees without additional state funding, some school leaders said.
The battle for higher-education dollars begins as the Senate Finance Committee hears testimony on the funding needs of four state university systems.
Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams told the Senate Finance Committee that it was premature to discuss public school funding until its court case is settled.
State lawmakers are digging into education funding as the Legislature returns to business after a nearly weeklong break.
Texas public schools could save up to $2 billion annually if the state allows families to use public funding on private schooling, a school vouchers advocate testified Tuesday at the ongoing school finance trial.
The comptroller has laid out the revenue numbers, Republican lawmakers have introduced budget proposals and Democrats and lobbyists have compiled lists of demands. Let the budget battle begin.
An expert witness in the lawsuit over funding for Texas public schools testified Wednesday that more spending does not necessarily lead to better student performance.
The lawsuit challenging how Texas public schools receive funding is entering a new phase focused on efficiency.
Texas might have to close 20 of its 95 state parks unless the Legislature approves $18.9 million in additional funding, wildlife officials said.
Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Senate Finance Chairman Tommy Williams are expected to lay out the draft state budget, revealing the Republican leaders’ spending priorities for the next two years.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said, with the state’s population set to double in the next 40 or 50 years, it is time to tap the Rainy Day Fund, which could be nearly $12 billion by 2015.
Politicians in Washington may be talking about compromising on the federal budget, but in Texas, Republicans are taking an early, hardline stance on state spending.
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