Two important pieces of news came out of the House Appropriations Committee today. First, when they met this morning to consider HB 1025, regarding supplemental appropriations (spending for the current biennium), Chairman Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie) announced that the bill was $598 million below the spending cap and that he intended for $500 million to be […]
Appropriations/Finance Update Senate Bill 1 Advances out of Senate Finance Committee Senate Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act, received a unanimous recommendation from the 15-member Senate Finance Committee this week and is headed to the full Senate for consideration next week. The bill adds $1.5 billion more to public education by running $1.375 billion through […]
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 Committee wrapped up work on its 2014-15 budget bill.
Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, bristled at Turner’s suggestion that budget-writers were not doing enough to restore the $4 billion cut from school aid two years ago.
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 spent about $8,400 per student this school year, more than $3,000 less than the national average, according to the data.
The presentation used during the TXSC Legislative Day on March 5, 2013 is available for download and use in your district and community. Just click on the link below to download the PowerPoint file. TXSC Legislative Day Presentation