Topic: Budget

Report shows our state’s dismal role in “A Decade of Neglect” for public school funding

Texas is at the top of the list of states with the largest cut in K-12 and higher education funding since the 2008 recession, according to a groundbreaking report by the American Federation of Teachers. Governments in 25 states have shortchanged public K-12 education by $19 billion over the last decade, the report found. “A Decade of Neglect: Public Education Funding in the Aftermath...

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State senators look at rainy day reserve to cover schools’ hurricane losses; Free professional-development webinars from Share My Lesson

State senators look at rainy day reserve to cover schools’ hurricane losses:  In spite of damaging shortfalls in key areas of the state’s budget in recent years, the Texas Senate has been resistant to spending from the state’s budget-stabilization fund (formally known as the Economic Stabilization Fund, informally dubbed the Rainy Day Fund). This reserve fund now exceeds $10 billion...

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Watch out for a federal budget plan that tries to set up public schools to fail

Here in Texas we are justifiably preoccupied with our first-in-the-nation primary elections coming up on March 6 (with early voting starting next Tuesday, February 20). For an overview of Texas AFT recommendations in contested primaries, see https://www.texasaft.org/action/elections/texas-aft-endorsements-for-the-march-6-primaries/. But we had better keep an eye at the same time on the Trump administration’s plan for a federal education budget harmful to...

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New report highlights the consequences of underfunding our public schools

Researchers at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium, and the University of Texas at Austin have summed up what we unfortunately have realized for several years, that the draconian budget cuts to public education in 2011 have had significant and ongoing negative impacts on our students. However, the groups' report--Consequences of the Texas Public School...

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Senate panel rejects Trump’s blueprint for cuts, vouchers

Our counterparts on the national AFT communications and legislative teams are keeping careful track of developments in Congress affecting funding for education. School districts in Texas and across the United States depend on federal funding for a significant part of their budgets. This year the flow of federal aid has been threatened by budget proposals from the Trump administration to...

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Summer Reading to Get You Ready for a Hot Special Session of the Legislature

An opinion piece published last month in the Big Bend Sentinel explains why friends of public education will be coming to Austin to put some heat on state lawmakers when the Legislature convenes July 18 for a special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott. The op-ed by one Lonn Taylor belongs in the “minces no words” category, and we quote...

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Governor Calls Special Session Starting July 18 With Up to 20 Wish-List Items

  Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday afternoon that he is calling the Texas Legislature back into session on July 18, first and foremost to enact what he termed a must-pass “sunset” bill continuing the existence of the state medical board, but after that to consider 19 other disparate items on his legislative wish list. A special session can go on...

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Expert Analyst Gives Overview of Proposed State Budget

Eva DeLuna Castro, a top-flight budget analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities, has just published a clear-eyed assessment of what the proposed state budget for 2018-19 in SB 1 will and will not do. Here's the lowdown: The Texas Senate and House of Representatives have agreed on a $217 billion 2018-2019 budget, officially named Senate Bill 1. Though...

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End Game: Final Decisions on Budget, Accountability, and More This Weekend

The Texas House and Senate have been busy today naming conference committees to iron out differences on important education issues while beginning a series of key votes on the state budget. Accountability and testing are the subjects of negotiations on two major House bills, HB 22 by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston) and HB 515 by Rep. Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston)....

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Budget Deal, Voucher Vote, Bathroom Bill

--First Look at a State Budget Deal --Voucher Bill on Senate Agenda for Vote Sunday Evening --Transgender "Bathroom" Bill Returning as an Amendment? First Look at a State Budget Deal:  A House-Senate conference committee on the state budget bill for the next two fiscal years came to an agreement at 1 a.m. Saturday night. Final drafting of the post-midnight deal...

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