Senate Finance Recommendations and Model

The Senate Finance Committee adopted their recommendations for Public Education in Article III this morning.  As reported last week, the Finance Committee added $1.5 billion above the amount proposed in the base bill.  Out of that $1.5 billion, $1.375 billion flows through the school finance formulas through the restoration of the Regular Program Adjustment Factor […]

Texas School Finance System Ruled Unconstitutional

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 finance system has evolved into an unconstitutional state property tax and that the system fails to provide the plaintiff districts access to funding sufficient to provide a constitutionally adequate education.

February 1 Weekly Update

Worth watching At Thursday’s TribLive conversation, hosted by the Texas Tribune, Senate Finance Chairman Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) and House Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie) responded to questions regarding school finance, including their response to the trial and their views on the budget cuts from last session.  The 7 minute video clip gives a great […]

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