House Public Ed Committee to Meet March 7 on School Finance Bills
03.02.2017 — The House Public Education Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, March 7, at 12 p.m. or upon final adjournment in room E2.036 of the Capitol extension to hear several bills related to school finance.
Senate and House File Base Budget Bills
— Both the Senate and House have filed base budget bills. The Senate bill appropriates $103.6 billion, while the House bill appropriates $108.9 billion.
— The House Public Education Committee will meet jointly with the House Committee on Appropriations at 9 a.m. September 28-29.
TEA Submits Budget Request, Includes Suggestions for Cuts
— The Texas Education Agency has submitted its Legislative Appropriations Request for the 2018-19 biennium to the Office of the Governor and Legislative Budget Board.
Texas House Appropriations Committee to Review Non-FSP-Funded Public Education Programs
08.18.2016 — A review of the current public education programs administered by TEA but funded outside the Foundation School Program is the sole item on the agenda for a Texas House Appropriations Committee meeting August 24.
Straus Instructs Texas House Committees to Consider Additional School Funding Reforms
— Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus has announced that he has given two new interim charges to the House Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Public Education.
Texas Supreme Court Rules School Finance System Constitutional
— The Texas Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in the most recent lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s school finance system.
Governor Signs Budget Bill, Vetoes 42, Including SB 313
— Sunday, June 21, was Gov. Greg Abbott’s final day to sign or veto bills passed during the regular session.
Budget Bill Goes to Governor
— Both chambers today passed the state budget bill that has been in negotiations for several weeks. It includes $1.5 billion for the Foundation School Program (FSP) above $2.3 billion for enrollment growth.
LBB Releases Details of Budget Conference Committee Decisions
— The Legislative Budget Board has posted the state budget conference committee decisions on public education funding.
Aycock Pulls Down HB 1759, No Further Discussion This Session
— After introducing HB 1759, the school finance reform bill, on the House floor today, Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock postponed further discussion of his bill to July 4, 2015, effectively ending all discussion on the bill for this session.
HB 1759 School Finance Reform Bill on House Calendar for Thursday, May 14
— The Texas House is scheduled to hear Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock’s HB 1759 Thursday.
URGENT: Please Ask Your State Representative to Vote YES on HB 2811 Today!
— The House will vote on HB 2811 today. HB 2811 will ensure that the projected cost of proclamations do not exceed 75 percent of the IMA in each biennium. This will provide districts with more discretion on how to use the IMA.
Austin ISD Invites Texas School Districts to Stand Up for School Funding
— Today Austin ISD announced that it, along with many other school districts and business leaders, will hold a press conference Wednesday, May 6, to send a unified message about the need for adequate funding for Texas public schools. All Texas districts are invited to participate.
Budget Conference Committee Members Named in Both Chambers
— Both the Texas Senate and House have named the members who will serve on the conference committee that will negotiate the two chambers' differences on HB 1, the state budget bill.
House Public Ed Committee to Hear Nearly 20 Bills, including HB 1759 on School Finance, April 14
— The House Public Education Committee will get an early start Tuesday, April 14, meeting at 8 a.m. to hear public testimony on nearly 20 bills, including the House’s school finance reform bill, HB 1759.
House Public Education Committee Discusses HB 1759 School Finance Bill
— The House Public Education Committee met today, and Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock laid out HB 1759. He began by noting that the goal was to do what is best for Texas’ 5.2 million Texas public school students, and to also try to simplify the school finance system.
House Public Education Committee to Consider HB 1759 School Finance Reform Bill and SB 149 Graduation Bill Among Others
— The Texas House Public Education Committee will meet Monday, April 6, at 1 p.m. to consider pending business, then on Tuesday, April 7, at 2 p.m. to consider bills including HB 1759 and SB 149.
Texas House Discusses School Funding Issues During Budget Talks
— In a marathon meeting of the Texas House of Representatives Tuesday that lasted into Wednesday morning, the House considered more than 350 amendments to its budget bill, HB 1.
Texas House of Representatives to Debate School Funding and Vouchers
03.31.2015 — Today at noon, the Texas House of Representatives will begin debating more than 350 amendments to HB 1, the Appropriations Act. Included in the amendments are several relating to school funding and vouchers.
House Public Education Committee to Consider Bills on Testing, Funding, and More
— The Texas House Public Education Committee will meet at 2 p.m., or upon final adjournment of the House, on Tuesday, March 24, to hear testimony on a number of bills, including HB 742, which would eliminate the fourth- and seventh-grade writing and eighth-grade social studies STAAR tests, as well as the the U.S. History EOC exam.
Both House and Senate Discuss Public Ed Funding February 9-11
— The Texas Senate Finance Committee and House Appropriations Committee heard recommendations on public education and TRS funding from the Legislative Budget Board and TEA in meetings Monday-Wednesday this week.
Senate Finance Committee Meets Feb. 9 on Education Funding
— The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to begin hearing testimony on the state budget related to education funding on Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. and on TRS on Feb. 11 at 9 a.m.
Comptroller Hegar Announces Biennial Revenue Estimate
— Comptroller Glen Hegar laid out his revenue estimate for the upcoming 2016-17 biennium. Hegar noted that the state will have $113 billion in available revenue, which is $9.7 billion more than the previous biennium. He noted that the projections are based on a moderate expanding state economy, tempered with the uncertainty around oil prices and a slowing global economy.
Chairman Aycock Files School Finance Bill
— House Public Education chairman Jimmie Don Aycock filed HB 654 today, which would make major changes to the current school finance system. HB 654 would create School Finance Districts (SFD), which would force consolidation of districts for tax purposes only.
TEA Presents Legislative Appropriations Request to the LBB on September 9
— Every August before the Texas Legislature meets, state agencies are required to submit to the Governor's Office and Legislative Budget Board (LBB) a Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) for the next biennium. TEA's entire LAR for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 is posted here. The request includes base budget items, as well as exceptional items (those that require new money beyond the base budget).
Judge Dietz Again Rules Texas School Finance System Unconstitutional
— In a 21-page Final Judgment, State District Judge John Dietz declared the Texas school finance system "constitutionally inadequate, unsuitable, and financially inefficient" and ordered that further funding stop "under the system until the constitutional infirmities are corrected."
Texas Education Agency to Undergo Zero-Based Budget Review
— Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has instructed the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) to include the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in a zero-based budgeting pilot program for the upcoming session. The review will focus on administrative functions, grants and programs but will not include the Foundation School Program.
Senate Finance Committee to Discuss State Budget Issues
— The Senate Finance Committee will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12 to review budget issues.
Texas Comptroller Releases Report, Database on Public School Construction Costs
— The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts issued a report on public school construction costs that looks at construction cost data from 2007 through 2013 and includes a searchable database and interactive maps to compare school district's construction costs with others around the state.
Tracking the Education Dollar in Texas Public Schools
— According to the newest version of the document "Tracking the Education Dollar in Texas Public Schools," public education remains a labor-intensive operation, with salaries and benefits accounting for 80 percent of basic educational costs.
House Appropriations Approves $500 Million More for Schools; Senate Announces Budget Conferees
— The House Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to send a supplemental budget bill to the House that includes $500 million more for public schools. House Bill 1025 (Pitts) will bring the total cost of the state's biennial budget to $874.9 million if it passes.
Senate Panel Approves Additional Funding for Public Schools
— The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday voted to add $1.5 billion in additional funding to the proposed $35.1 billion general budget for public education, including $40 million for pre-kindergarten programs, $20 million for the Virtual School Network and $4 million to support the Teach for America program.
Dietz Declares School Finance System Unconstitutional: Ruling and Comments
— Judge Dietz ruled from the bench yesterday that the current school finance system is unconstitutional. Dietz declared the system inadequate, inequitable and constitutes a state property tax. Judge Dietz declined to rule on the constitutional issues raised by TREE and charter schools. An appeal to the Texas Supreme Court is expected.
Judge Dietz Rules School Finance System Unconstitutional
— Judge Dietz ruled from the bench this afternoon that the current school finance system is unconstitutional. Declares the system inadequate, inequitable and is a state property tax.
Senate Finance Committee Schedules Meetings on Education Budget
01.22.2013 — The newly formed Senate Finance Committee didn't waste any time and has already scheduled its first public hearing for Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. to begin discussing Article III (public education) of the budget bill.
Both Chambers File Budget Bills; House Zeroes Out Testing
01.16.2013 — Both the Senate and the House filed their budget bills late Tuesday as promised. Both budgets allow for enrollment growth in public schools at current funding levels and both promise to reverse the deferral of school district payments and return tax collections to their normal timing.
Comptroller Releases Revenue Estimate
— Comptroller Susan Combs released the biennial revenue estimate for 2014-15 today, indicating that the state will have $101.4 billion available for the next budget cycle.