Legislative Roundup: January 30

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The 86th Texas Legislature will be in session from January 8 through May 27, and the Texas House Public Education Committee Chair has scheduled its first meeting on January 30. The committee has invited TEA staff to give testimony on unspecified public education issues.

 

Additionally, the Texas State Comptroller, Glenn Hegar, released a report on Texas school finance. Findings from the report include:

  •  Public education represents the biggest share of state spending at 38.9 percent
  • The current funding formulas count local property tax revenues first, with the state providing the remaining portion of each district’s entitlement
  • The current funding formulas are the reason rising property tax collections reduce the state’s share of funding and put more of the burden on local school taxes.
  • The state’s formulas do not respond to inflationary costs.
  • The state’s share of funding public education has declined from 45.6% in 2000 to 36% in 2018.

To learn more about the Comptroller’s Report: