Topic: Budget

Senate budget discussion highlights need for more public education funding

Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee heard from the Legislative Budget Board and the Texas Education Agency about the Senate’s proposed budget. Unlike the House budget proposal, the Senate provides less new funding for schools, and the funding it does provide is contingent on a classroom teacher salary increase ($3.7 billion) and legislation to slow growth in local property taxes and...

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Texas House releases initial look at budget with billions of new money for public education

Both chambers of the Texas Legislature signaled this week their serious intent to increase state funding for public education. This auspicious, yet preliminary, start reflects the public’s strong statement at the ballot box that Texas must do more to fund our public schools. In today’s Hotline, we’ll focus on the House proposal, with information about Senate in tomorrow’s edition. A...

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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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