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School Finance testimony in House

The Coalition provided testimony to the House Public Education Committee on school finance. Since HB 3, inflation has increased by 12%, while school funding has been flat. Since recapture was reduced by HB 3, it has increased by 25%.

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School Finance testimony in Senate

The Coalition provided testimony to the Senate Education Committee on school finance. Since HB 3, inflation has increased by 9%, while school funding has been flat. Since recapture was reduced by HB 3, it has increased by 22%.

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Balanced, measured approach needed for tax relief

The Coalition provided testimony to the Senate Finance Committee on property tax relief. Limitations to relief mean some taxpayers are paying more, while schools are not beneficiaries of the increased payments. Schools do not receive automatic increases, and a balanced approach is needed.

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Inflationary Costs Impact Schools

The Coalition provided testimony to the Senate Finance Committee as they studied the impact of inflation on state and local governments. Schools are struggling to keep up with inflationary costs and to attract and retain a highly qualified teaching workforce.

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March 2022 Primary Election Results

Texas voters had their say in the March 2022 Primary Election. While more than 25% of those registered to vote cast ballots in the 2020 Presidential Primary, only 17.3% of registered voters cast ballots in this Midterm Primary.

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Testimony on SB 1

The Texas Senate is seeking to provide taxpayers with additional property tax relief, but only on a temporary basis. The legislature must make sustainable investments in tax relief and in our schools.

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Recapture Takes Nearly $3 Billion From Local Schools

Texas school districts must send nearly $3 billion in local taxpayer funding to the state by Sunday under the state’s school finance law — a record amount that puts a crushing burden on taxpayers throughout the state while taking needed dollars away from their local schools.

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CSHB 1525 Limits Local Funding

The Texas Senate’s Committee Substitute for HB 1525 includes a limitation for how much local funding school district are allowed to spend on students.  The…

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Testimony on Senate & House Budget Bills

In testimony, the Coalition asked members of the Senate Finance Committee & House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III to provide aid to schools to address the learning loss caused by disruptions, and allow for local control in the use of those dollars.

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Statement on Initial Budget Proposals

The Texas budget-writing process will play out over many months, and we encourage supporters of public education to continue to advocate for meaningful state investments in our students. These base budget proposals provide a very encouraging start.

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Joint Letter to Governor Abbott

Educators and other school staff members have put their lives on the line to keep schools open. The least we can do is protect their jobs and provide the resources they need to serve our students in a crisis.

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The Growth of Recapture in Texas

State law requires certain school districts (known as Chapter 41 districts) to send local property tax dollars to the state through a process called recapture.…

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Taxparency

There are a lot of taxpayers throughout our state who are asked to pay more in school property taxes each year.  It makes sense that…

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