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.

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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.

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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.”

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Full school finance reform is required since Texas’ Supreme Court ruled the system minimally constitutional.