Texas Governor Greg Abbott: 'This Was An Extremely Successful Session'Texas lawmakers wrapped up the 86th Legislative Session Monday after approving a school finance reform bill that both parties described as “transformative.”
Texas Legislature Passes School Finance Bill, Property Tax ReformThe Texas Legislature approved a sweeping bipartisan school finance bill that brings an extra $4.5 billion into classrooms and pours $1.6 billion toward teacher raises, and they also passed a property tax reform package.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott Announces $1.6B In Teacher RaisesTeacher salaries in Texas are currently about $7,000 below the national average, according to the National Education Association.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Talks Border Security, School Funding, Teacher Pay RaisesLt. Gov.Patrick made his comments during a one-on-one interview with CBS 11 at his office in the Texas Capitol Wednesday afternoon.
Top Texas Leaders Pledge United Effort To Reform School Finance, Property TaxesGovernor Greg Abbott said they were united to solve a voter mandate: increasing state funding for public schools while lowering property taxes. “It's something we have to get done."
North Texas Lawmakers, School Board President Encouraged By New Report On Public School FinancesThe Texas Commission on Public School Finance, consisting of mostly state legislators and educators, had spent nearly one year compiling the report.
Voucher Standoff Could Doom Texas School Finance FixLast year, the Texas Supreme Court ruled the school finance system barely constitutional though deeply flawed.
Texas Senate Attaches Voucher Plan To School Finance FixThe version the Senate approved after midnight increases classroom funding by only about $500 million, scraps the $210 per-student increase and adds a plan offering taxpayer funds that would go into education savings accounts that some special education students could use to attend private schools.
Texas Per-Pupil Funding Falls Farther Below National AverageTexas' per-pupil spending continues to fall farther below the national average. Data shows state spending per K-12 student declined by an average of $143 from the 2015-2016 school y
House OKs Major School Finance Fix; Senate's Plans UncertainThe Texas House late Wednesday night approved a sweeping, bipartisan school finance plan that pumps an extra $1.6 billion into classrooms and begins overhauling the troubled way the state pays for public education.
Will Voucher Defeat Hurt Texas School Finance Fix?The Texas House all but buried school vouchers. Could the Senate do the same with the school finance fix?
Texas House Unveils Sweeping School Finance OverhaulTop House leaders have unveiled a bipartisan bill pumping $1.6 billion extra into Texas classrooms as part of an ambitious plan overhauling how Texas pays for public education.
Few Solutions In Wake Of Texas School Finance RulingCash-strapped districts across the state must find a way to move forward with a complicated school finance system, whether that's pressuring lawmakers for more money or finding a taste for raising property taxes.
Texas Supreme Court Upholds State's School Funding FormulaTexas' complicated school finance system is constitutional, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Friday — a surprise defeat for the 600+ school districts that endured more than four years of costly legal battles
Texas Per-Pupil Funding Falls As School Finance Ruling LoomsAs Texas' massive school finance case awaits a state Supreme Court ruling, per-pupil funding is falling farther below the national average.