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Members of the Parmer Lane parent teacher organization advertise an informational meeting about the potential closure of the elementary school to parents during student-pickup in Pflugerville on Jan. 9, 2023. According to the volunteers, many parents still don't know or understand the situation involving the school, and the meeting is meant to address any questions parents might have.
Texas Legislature 2023

COVID-19 upended Texas schools’ finances. Now they’re calling for a new funding system.

Districts like Pflugerville ISD, which is struggling with a $12 million deficit and weighing school closures, say the pandemic and rising inflation have eroded the value of the state’s last effort to overhaul its public education finance system.

Financial strains

Signs advertise an informational meeting about the potential closure of Parmer Lane Elementary School to parents during student-pickup in Pflugerville on Jan. 9, 2023.
A flyer advertises an informational meeting about the potential closure of Parmer Lane Elementary School in spanish to parents during student-pickup in Pflugerville on Jan. 9, 2023.
Esmeralda Alvarado ruffles the hair of her son, Emilio, who is in the second grade at Palmer Elementary School in their backyard in Pflugerville on Jan. 9, 2023.
Esmeralda Alvarado shows drawings her daughter made of birds playing basketball, made when she was seven, in her home's garage on Pflugerville on Jan. 9, 2023. Alvarado and her family have lived in the same house for 18 years, and part of the reason she chose the home was the proximity to the school. Since she had no plans to move, she kept the drawings up to preserve the memories of her young children.

A new fight for a new formula

Esmeralda Alvarado walks home with her son, Emilio, from Parmer Lane Elementary School in Pflugerville on Jan. 9, 2023.

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