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GOP Leaders Split On How To Fix Texas School Funding

Gov. Greg Abbott has told lawmakers to work on school finance during the special session.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaking at an event on July 14, 2017, in San Antonio.

Texas Republicans are split over how to revamp public school funding.

Both sides agree that something needs to be done about how Texas pays for public schools.

But while the House has passed a bill to add over a $1 billion back into education, GOP state senators have a different strategy.

State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, said that the best way is to set up a commission to study the school finance system. There, business leaders, lawmakers and teachers can start from scratch, Taylor announced at a press conference Tuesday.

“The time for tinkering around the edges and making minor changes is over. We have a broken system that is well past applying another band-aid,” he said.

Taylor said that his public education committee in the Senate may consider the House package to inject $1.8 billion back into public schools, but called it “a political fix.”

“It may feel good but it is not a long term solution,” Taylor added.

In the House, state Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Humble, said that they’ve already studied school finance. Huberty, who chairs House public education committee, said that it’s time for the state to pay its fair share.

And we, at least the House and members of my committee, know how to fix school finance. We know what we’re supposed to do,” Huberty said.

Gov. Greg Abbott has told lawmakers to work on school finance during the special session but with less than two weeks to go, no vote has been scheduled in the senate.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

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Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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