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Why Did School Finance Reform Fail This Legislative Session?

Posted on · In 2011, the Texas Legislature cut $5 billion from the public education budget. More than two-thirds of Texas public school districts filed lawsuits. Then in 2013, lawmakers restored the majority of the funding cut two years earlier. Nevertheless, a court challenge over how the state funds schools has gone forward, with arguments expected in the […]

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Funding Texas Schools: Is the System Fair or Falling Short?

Posted on · This week on News 88.7, education reporter Laura Isensee has been examining how schools are financed in Texas in series called “Funding Texas Schools: Fair or Falling Short?” The five-part series tells the story of parents fighting for better funding for their children’s schools. It also examines what the current school funding system means for […]

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Reinventing Texas Education: Back-to-School Means Big Changes for Texas Students

Posted on · Back-to-school in 2014 means big changes for students in Texas.  Incoming freshmen will follow new high school graduation plans that include majors — or endorsements. Plus, there’s less standardized testing and more vocational classes. It’s all part of HB5, or House Bill 5. The new law makes some of the biggest changes to education in […]