Pitts and Williams Say School Funding Debate Can Wait

Talk of restoring $5.4 billion in education cuts made in 2011 won’t get much attention this session, the Legislature’s top budget leaders said Thursday morning.

In a forum with Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith, state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, and Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, said that they do not believe the state has underfunded public education and that funding levels won’t be examined again until a special session, likely in 2014. Williams is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. House Speaker Joe Straus reappointed Pitts to another session as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on ...

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