Texas Senate OK’s teacher pension changes to shore up fund

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in News |

By Kate Alexander – American-Statesman Staff   –   Wednesday, May 8, 2013 The financial burden of improving the financial footing of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas will be shared by the state, school districts and members under a Senate deal struck Wednesday. Everyone will chip in a little more to shore up the $117 billion pension fund for school and university employees to quiet political rumblings that the state’s...

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House panel approves $1.5 billion more for schools

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in News |

By Kate Alexander – March 15, 2013 Austin American-Statesman Staff House budget-writers scraped together an additional $1.5 billion for public education Thursday, but that wasn’t enough to mollify Democrats who say more needs to be found to help Texas schools. “If this is the start and the finish line, then I think we are doing the schoolchildren a disservice,” state Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, said as the House Appropriations...

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Texas ranks 49th in per student spending

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in News |

By EMILY GUEVARA eguevara@tylerpaper.com Texas ranks 49th in the nation in spending per student, according to research compiled by the National Education Association. The professional organization put the state third to last in the ranking with the other states and Washington, D.C. Arizona and Nevada spent less per child on education, according to the research, which was presented in a Texas State Teachers Association news release. Texas...

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Texas School Finance System Ruled Unconstitutional

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in News, PressReleases |

AUSTIN, Texas – State District Judge John Dietz ruled today that the Texas school finance system is unconstitutional by ruling in favor of the Calhoun County ISD plaintiffs on both of their claims.  The Calhoun County ISD plaintiffs consist of a group of 89 school districts (many of them Texas School Coalition members) represented by Mark Trachtenberg and John Turner, attorneys with Haynes and Boone, LLP. Judge Dietz held that the school...

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Hamilton: Tax credits a smokescreen for school vouchers

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in News |

By Billy Hamilton Suppose that companies that owe taxes to the state could donate money to a private group that would pick children to receive private school scholarships, and in return, the companies would get a tax break. Would that be good policy? The Texas Legislature soon will debate this question. But, if you aren’t one of the corporations or the tiny percentage of families getting a tax break or scholarship and, like most Texas...

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Gas from shale is making Texas schools rich

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in News |

  Associated Press | September 16, 2012 SAN ANTONIO – Eight rural South Texas school districts helped by tax revenues from the Eagle Ford shale energy boom have been designated under state standards as “wealthy,” meaning they may have to surrender some of that money to poorer districts. School officials said the change in designation was unfortunate since the districts were just beginning to see their finances...

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