The Texas House of Representatives is to begin debate on a $93.5 billion state budget. The latest version of the two-year state spending plan is scheduled for a vote on Thursday.
Budget writers in the Texas House are set to unveil their own state spending plan after the Senate overwhelmingly approved a $195.5 billion two-year budget proposal.
A proposed $195 billion state budget is headed to the Texas Senate for approval. The two-year budget restores some of the $5.4 billion slashed from public schools in 2011.
Teachers across North Texas are not ready for their Spring Break vacations just yet. They are getting ready to march on Austin to fight for more money and better safety for their schools.
A small group of demonstrators chanting “more funding now!” has gathered in front of the Texas Capitol to call for restoring $5.4 billion in cuts to public education approved by the Legislature in 2011.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is scheduled to testify in a state Senate budget hearing to explain her projection that the state has made a strong rebound from the recession.
A ruling is imminent after months of testimony in Texas’ sweeping school finance trial. The trial began Oct. 22 and involves lawsuits filed on behalf of about two-thirds of public school districts statewide.
House Speaker Joe Straus said that Texas needs more than tax cuts in order to thrive, and said that investments in education, infrastructure and water sources are also needed.
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.