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Will Education Funding Be a Priority in the Next Legislature?

Posted on · The Texas Legislature meets in a month, and on the first day of legislative bill filing, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick released his list of top legislative priorities. One of them includes possible changes to how public education is funded in the state. We discuss the likelihood of that — and how it could affect Greater Houston schools with […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Trump’s Slim Win in Texas and Recapture Rejected: The Good, Bad and Ugly of This Week’s News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. On this edition, we discuss the […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Reforming School Finance and Sid Miller’s Tweet: The Good, Bad and Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week our panel examines: Talk […]

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Understanding the HISD ‘Recapture’ Ballot Measure

Posted on · Texas state lawmaker Jimmy Don Aycock recently bemoaned how “property value increases have triggered the ‘Robin Hood’ feature” of a school funding system which, in essence, requires HISD to send money to other districts. Aycock notes the same thing has happened to Austin, Spring Branch and other districts — and the Dallas school district may face […]

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HISD Recapture and Sunnyside: Tuesday’s Show (October 25, 2016)

Posted on · Texas state lawmaker Jimmy Don Aycock recently bemoaned how “property value increases have triggered the ‘Robin Hood’ feature” of a school funding system which, in essence, requires HISD to send money to other districts. Aycock notes the same thing has happened to Austin, Spring Branch and other districts — and the Dallas school district may face […]

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Should Pre-K Funding Be a Priority in the 2017 Legislative Session?

Posted on · Back in 2015, lawmakers set aside some $130 million over two years for some pre-K programs in the state. But did House Bill 4 go far enough? The Austin-based think tank the Center for Public Policy Priorities recently suggested that, while research shows positive results for state-supported pre-K programs, Texas regularly receives low marks for […]

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Understanding the Texas Supreme Court Ruling on School Funding

Posted on · On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court declared the state’s school finance system is constitutional. The ruling ends more than four years of legal battles in the state’s largest-ever school finance case, in which more than 600 school districts sued the state arguing funding was unfairly distributed between rich and poor districts. A district judge agreed. […]

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HISD Faces $107 Million Budget Shortfall

Posted on · Houston Independent School District anticipates a $107 million budget shortfall next year. The district contends it’s due to Chapter 41 of the Texas Education Code, which requires “property wealthy” school districts to return significant funding back to the state to help less well-off districts. HISD and hundreds of other districts have sued the state over […]