Commission on school finance will take more time to hear testimony

The Texas Commission on Public School Finance has decided to take more time to receive testimony and mull key issues before submitting its report and recommendations to the Legislature before the 2019 legislative session. At last week’s commission meeting, chair Scott Brister said the commission as a whole will keep taking testimony through the summer as working groups continue to develop recommendations in three policy areas:  revenue, expenditures, and outcomes. Those subgroup ideas will be presented to the full commission in the fall, and only then would the commission as a whole decide on its recommendations and draft its report, which is due by the end of the calendar year. Brister’s original timeline had the commission wrapping up its work by September, but as commission members have dug into the hard issues of school funding they have come to a consensus on the need for more time.