State District Judge John Dietz today issued a final judgment holding the state’s school finance system unconstitutional on several grounds, and an exhaustive set of findings of fact and conclusions of law articulating the rationale for his ruling. All the school district plaintiff groups succeeded on their claims. Judge Dietz held that the Calhoun […]
AUSTIN, Texas – Today, District Judge David Peeples of the Fourth Administrative Judicial Region in Bexar County, denied a motion filed by the State of Texas seeking the recusal of State District Judge John Dietz in the pending school finance case. Judge Peeples rejected the State’s claim that certain communications between Judge Dietz and plaintiffs’ […]
For the most part, the May 10 election results showed overwhelming statewide support from voting taxpayers for public schools. The fact that 56 of the 76 districts that proposed bonds had at least one of their propositions approved is a demonstration of statewide support for students and schools. The full list of districts with propositions […]
For a PDF of the Release, click here. AUSTIN, Texas –State District Judge John Dietz heard closing arguments today at the conclusion of a three-week evidentiary hearing, which focused on whether the actions of the 83rd Legislature impacted his prior ruling that the school finance system was unconstitutional. Just over a year ago, Judge Dietz […]
The Texas School Coalition announced today that from 1994 through 2013, Chapter 41 school districts have contributed almost $16 billion in Robin Hood recapture. This amount mirrors the $16 billion contribution to the Foundation School Fund announced by the Texas Lottery earlier this week.
November 5 election Many of you are well aware of the upcoming November 5 election as your district has a measure on the ballot. To our knowledge, there are 49 districts that are proposing bond referendums for an amount which totals $3.5 billion statewide. Of the districts proposing bonds, 43% qualify as Chapter 41 districts. […]
The Legislative Budget Board released per-district runs according to Model 115 on May 24. This model incorporates $3.2 billion in spending for the FSP from SB 1 and $201 million in spending for the FSP from HB 1025. When reviewing these printouts, please keep in mind that they are run according to current law WADA. […]
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 pensions are not sustainable.
SB 1458 has passed the Senate on a 31-0 vote and now heads to the House. The bill seeks to make the Teacher Retirement System actuarially sound, and would raise the school district contribution rate to 1.5% for districts not participating in the Social Security program. See how your district fares under this bill compared […]
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 […]