Topic: Budget

Amidst Talk of State Budget Cuts, a Modest Revenue Boost

On Friday the State Board of Education found another $300 million for the state budget in the coming biennium, thanks to a transfer of unanticipated funds from the School Land Board into the Permanent School Fund. Legislative leaders, who have been pushing for budget cuts, said they welcomed the decision by SBOE members to provide $1.9 billion to the legislature,...

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Legislative Leaders Call for More Pre-Session Spending Cuts by State Agencies, Including TEA

State agencies, at the direction of the state’s legislative leaders, have already gone through a round of 5-percent cuts in their spending for the current two-year budget cycle. At a Legislative Budget Board meeting today, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus, the presiding officers of the Texas Senate and House, announced that they will ask state agencies...

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Truth Test: Revenue Shortfalls and Public Opinion on How to Tackle Them

Major statewide officeholders like Gov. Rick Perry made a vigorous effort during election season to keep a lid on discussion of the deep and dangerous state budget deficit awaiting the next legislature. To a large extent, they succeeded. For instance, in one recent pre-election survey of public opinion only 3 percent of respondents listed the state budget shortfall as an...

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Texas AFT Testifies Against Education Cuts in State Budget Plan

Traditionally ahead of the biennial legislative session the staffs of the Legislative Budget Board and the governor’s budget office get together to review spending requests from state agencies. This year agencies have been directed by the governor and legislative leaders to chop 10 percent from their already lean baseline budget requests. Here’s what Texas AFT’s Ted Melina Raab had to...

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State Senators Urge Governor to Ask Anew for Federal Aid, Sooner Rather Than Later

Five Democratic state senators have asked Gov. Rick Perry to renew efforts to secure $830 million in aid earmarked for Texas public schools under the recent emergency education-jobs bill passed by Congress. In a letter delivered to the governor today, Sens. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio, Rodney Ellis of Houston, Eddie Lucio of Brownsville, Mario Gallegos of Houston,...

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Budget, School Finance, Accountability Issues of 2011 Session Foreshadowed in Upcoming Hearings

Some noteworthy hearings in the next couple of weeks will preview issues sure to preoccupy lawmakers when the legislature meets for its next regular session in January. For example: September 14–The state’s budget for public education for 2012-2013 comes up for a public hearing next Tuesday in front of staffers of the Legislative Budget Board and Governor’s Budget Office. These...

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Texas AFT Joins in Coalition Effort for a Balanced Approach to Balancing the State Budget–Check Out the “Texas Forward” Web Site

We are pleased to announce that Texas AFT and a score of other organizations are launching a coalition effort to fight for a balanced approach to balancing the state budget. Everybody knows that Texas faces serious budget shortfalls, partly because of the Great Recession and partly because of chronic under-funding of public services like education over the years. In education,...

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Tapping Into the Texas Share of the Federal Education Jobs Fund

First things first:  Thanks are due to all of you who joined in our Texas AFT campaign of  e-mail letters and phone calls urging Gov. Rick Perry to apply for $830 million in federal aid reserved for Texas school districts in the Education Jobs Fund enacted by Congress August 10. Your pressure helped induce the governor to make required assurances...

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Gov. Perry, Feeling the Heat, Applies for State Education-Jobs Funding

One day after Gov. Rick Perry issued a letter to Texas school administrators simultaneously denouncing the federal education-jobs funding bill and announcing that he would ask for the money, the Texas application for the funding was formally submitted to the U.S. Department of Education today by Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott on Perry's behalf. Read More

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Deadline Nears for Governor to Accept Federal Education-Jobs Aid: Do It Already!

School boards, school administrators, rank-and-file education employees, and educator organizations across Texas continue to call on Gov. Rick Perry to accept $830 million earmarked for Texas school districts by the recently enacted federal emergency-aid bill to save education jobs. As a September 9 deadline for requesting the funds from the U.S. Department of Education approaches, more and more voices are...

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State Senator Blasts TEA for Hitting the Brakes on Seat-Belt-Equipped School Buses

Sen. Eddie Lucio, Democrat of Brownsville, is more than a little displeased with the Texas Education Agency, which has decided that a law Lucio wrote requiring new school buses to be equipped with seat belts cannot be implemented immediately and will not be backed by the full $10 million the legislature appropriated for it. The planned funding has been scaled...

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Shortsighted Cuts in Proposed State Education Budget Draw Fire From Texas AFT

Texas AFT Responds to Shortsighted Budget Cuts: Texas AFT President Linda Bridges put out a statement to the media today in response to the Texas Education Agency's just-released 2012-2013 budget request, which reflects instructions from Gov. Rick Perry and top legislative officials to cut 10 percent of all TEA spending (other than per-pupil formula aid to school districts). Here is...

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