AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas House has again approved a sweeping, $1.6 billion plan to begin overhauling the state’s troubled school finance system.
Republican Rep. Dan Huberty’s proposal increases per-pupil funding while offering extra money for school transportation and educating dyslexic students.READ MORE: Investigation: 2 Of 6 Killed In February I-35W Pileup In Fort Worth Had Gotten Out Of Their Cars
Friday’s 130-12 vote mirrored House support during the regular legislative session. But the original bill died after the Texas Senate attached a plan offering taxpayer-funded vouchers letting students attend private schools.READ MORE: Authorities In Texas Find Over $4 Million Worth Of Meth In Shipment Of Cucumber Pickles
It’s back for the special session, but still faces Senate uncertainty. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who oversees the Senate, has bashed the plan as a “Ponzi scheme,” saying it relies on state budget gimmicks.
Still, Huberty says it’s the “first step in fixing school finance.”MORE NEWS: Former Dallas Cowboy Aldon Smith Booked In Louisiana Battery Case
Full school finance reform is required since Texas’ Supreme Court ruled the system minimally constitutional.