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Understanding School Finance Bills In The Special Session

Several school finance reform measures are up for consideration during the special session. What do they propose to do and how would they work?

Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune
Gov. Greg Abbott lays out items for a special session at a press conference on June 6, 2017.

The Texas House is taking up several measures aimed at reforming the state's school finance system. It's one of the issues that prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to call the special session.

What do these measures propose? How are they different from the ones up for consideration during the regular session? And how would they change the ways in which schools are funded?

Chandra Villanueva, senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, lays out the details of the proposed measures.