Texas House Panel Approves School Finance Fix

By Kiah Collier
A Texas House panel unanimously approved a $3 billion plan Tuesday (April 21) aimed at improving the way the state funds its public schools — the subject of yet another lawsuit.
Despite an unenthusiastic public reception, the House Public Education Committee voted 7-0 Tuesday to send an unchanged House Bill 1759 to the full House for consideration. (The House Calendars Committee must first decide to put it on the schedule, however).
Under the legislation, which is designed to ease funding inequities among the state’s schools, most districts would see a per-student funding increase in 2016-17 and none would see a decrease. However, school officials and a variety of other groups took issue with the methodology during a public hearing last week while also expressing appreciation for the funding increase.


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