Tribpedia: School Finance

School finance describes the method in which Texas public schools are funded. Public elementary and secondary education in Texas is financed by a combination of state and local revenue.

The local source of operating revenue for school districts is the property tax. This is what leads to wide disparities in education spending, as some districts with expensive commercial property have ...

Primary a Mixed Bag for Public Education Candidates

Rep. Rob Eissler’s defeat — following the exit of his vice chairman Scott Hochberg, his Senate counterpart Florence Shapiro and three other key lawmakers on the House Public Education Committee — signals a change in leadership on education issues next session. But some in the education community aren’t exactly trembling at that prospect.

Progress Texas Report: Virtual Schools Failing

A report out today from Progress Texas blasts virtual schools for high dropout rates and student-teacher ratios and low academic performance, but conservative the supporters on the program argue that the schools have academic potential and could save Texas money as it faces a likely budget shortfall in the 2013 legislative session.

After Wilmer-Hutchins ISD is Closed, Signs of Rebirth

Plagued by financial and academic troubles, Wilmer-Hutchins ISD was closed by the state six years ago. Now, the area appears to be on the verge of academic transformation, with three new Dallas ISD campuses — among them, a new high school that is drawing interest from students across the district and even beyond its boundaries.

Texas School District Lives On, But So Do Its Struggles

North Forest ISD has gotten what amounts to a stay of execution, as the Texas Education Agency has given the district a year to address financial and academic troubles. The district had been marked for closure. But the question of whether North Forest students would be better off attending different schools still lingers.

Eanes ISD school bus mechanic Chase Roberts washes the dirt off the advertising on Eanes ISD school buses in Westlake, Texas Tuesday February 14, 2012.
Eanes ISD school bus mechanic Chase Roberts washes the dirt off the advertising on Eanes ISD school buses in Westlake, Texas Tuesday February 14, 2012.

Texas Schools Look to Advertising to Fill Budget Gaps

Texas school districts are getting into the advertising game as they look for ways to make ends meet after major state budget cuts. But with few guidelines about what kinds of ads are appropriate for football fields and school buses, some researchers question whether schools fully grasp the consequences of creeping commercialism.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/23/12

Tan and Dehn talk to some of Gov. Rick Perry's allies about his return to Texas, Aaronson maps (interactively!) the insured and the uninsured among us, E. Smith's TribLive interview with state Rep. David Simpson on Perry's race and TSA pat-downs, M. Smith on a Texas school so broke it's shutting down sports, Whitney on a split in the legal community over divorce forms, KUT's Philpott on abuse in state hospitals, Ramshaw reports on the governor's decision not to repay taxpayers for protection during his presidential campaign and Aguilar on the state's attempts to put its voter ID law in force: The best of our best content from January 23-27, 2012.

Weekend Insider: Abortion Sonogram Law, Cancelling Highschool Sp

Until courts can hash out the state's abortion sonogram law, Texas must begin enforcing the new regulations. Emily Ramshaw explains how family planning clinics are complying. Under threat of closure by the state, one Texas school district is doing something unheard of: It's canceling all sports. Morgan Smith takes us to Premont, Texas.

Read more on these stories in this weekend's editions of The New York Times, and The Texas Tribune.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 12/19/11

Aaronson on Rick Perry's Texas Enterprise Fund, Aguliar on the DOJ's Joe Arpaio problem, Galbraith on the uncertainty about Texas' electric grid, Grissom and Schwartz of The New York Times on the latest in the Michael Morton case, Hamilton on the first leg of Perry's Iowa bus tour, Murphy and McLain unveil our new campaign finance database, Ramsey et al. go live with the first round of our 2012 election brackets, Root on a GOP rival's queries about Perry's pension play, M. Smith contrasts the various school finance lawsuits and Tan, Dehn and Murphy on a shortage of mental health professionals: The best of our best content from December 19-23, 2011.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/7/11

Ramshaw and Root on the debate that dominated the nation's political news, Tan and Ramshaw on how it will affect Rick Perry's campaign, Philpott on what "oops" might mean for Perry in South Carolina, Root on what it means in Iowa, Dehn with the latest Weekend Insider video, Galbraith on the split fates of water-related constitutional amendments, Grissom on an arrest in a 1986 murder case, Hamilton on UT-Arlington's efforts to control tuition costs and M. Smith, Murphy and Gerdau on West Texas schools raising money with wind farms: The best of our best content from November 7 to 11, 2011.

Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas.
Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas.

Government by Lawsuit Gives Cover to Texas Lawmakers

Judges have been telling legislators what to do since we set up government to replace knife fights and bar brawls. Over the years, lawmakers have learned some things. Importantly, voters will let their elected officials break their promises if the courts are holding gavels over their heads. School finance, for instance.