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 ...

School finance legislation is pronounced dead

State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, chairman of the House Public Education Committee, speaks about his school finance bill on May 24, 2017. 
<p>State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, chairman of the House Public Education Committee, speaks about his school finance bill on May 24, 2017.&nbsp;</p>

Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor on Wednesday afternoon said that he would not appoint conferees to negotiate with the House on a proposed school finance overhaul. “That deal is dead,” he said.

At a May 17, 2017, news conference, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told reporters that the House had to pass two items &mdash; property tax reform and the "bathroom bill" &mdash; or he'd look to force a special session.
<p><span>At a May 17, 2017, news conference, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told reporters that the House had to pass two items &mdash; property tax reform and the "bathroom bill" &mdash; or he'd look to force a special session.</span></p>

Analysis: Property tax relief doesn’t equal extra money in your pocket

There's a simple test to tell you whether the promise of a tax cut is really a tax cut: Is there money in your hand?

State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, chairman of the House&nbsp;Public Education Committee, after his bill overhauling Texas' school finance system was approved on second reading on April 19, 2017.
<p>State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, chairman of the House&nbsp;<span>Public Education Committee, after his bill overhauling Texas' school finance system was approved on second reading on April 19, 2017.</span></p>

House gives preliminary approval to bill overhauling school finance system

In a preliminary vote, the House approved Rep. Dan Huberty's bill to inject $1.6 billion into public schools and simplify complicated funding formulas. Legislators must still take a final vote on the bill.

The Texas House of Representatives continues the budget debate into the late afternoon Thursday on April 6, 2017.
<p><span>The Texas House of Representatives continues the budget debate into the late afternoon Thursday on April 6, 2017.</span></p>

Watch as the Texas House debates school finance bill

We're livestreaming as the Texas House debates legislation aimed at boosting per-student funding for almost every school district and charter in the state.

Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, challenges sponsor Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, with a question during debate on amendments to SB 3 school choice legislation up in the Senate on March 30, 2017. &nbsp;The original bill was modified greatly during an afternoon-long debate.&nbsp;
<p>Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, challenges sponsor Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, with a question during debate on amendments to SB 3 school choice legislation up in the Senate on March 30, 2017. &nbsp;The original bill was modified greatly during an afternoon-long debate.&nbsp;</p>

Senate panel considers bill to simplify school finance formula

The Senate Education Committee discussed a bill that would radically simplify the state's school finance formula, stripping it of some antiquated provisions. Parents and educators who testified wanted a few new provisions added in. 

Myritha Lenor, a senior at La Marque High School, wears her Sears badge &mdash; she works there part time &mdash;&nbsp;while studying at Texas City ISD's Challenge Academy.
<p>Myritha Lenor, a senior at La Marque High School, wears her Sears badge &mdash; she works there part time &mdash;&nbsp;while studying at Texas City ISD's Challenge Academy.</p>

Texas made a school district take in more students. But will it help fund them?

As lawmakers debate possible reforms to the school finance system this week, they might decide whether to continue offering extra funds to districts like Texas City ISD, which last year was forced to annex a struggling district next to it.

State Rep. and Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty, R-Houston, speaks at a press conference unveiling the school finance bill on March 6, 2017.
State Rep. and Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty, R-Houston, speaks at a press conference unveiling the school finance bill on March 6, 2017.

Analysis: The Texas Legislature giveth — and taketh away

Local governments and school districts battling the Texas Legislature over property taxes have a couple of things in common: They want local control over taxes and a more reliable partner in the state government.

State Rep. and Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty, R-Houston, speaks at a press conference unveiling the school finance bill on March 6, 2017.
State Rep. and Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty, R-Houston, speaks at a press conference unveiling the school finance bill on March 6, 2017.

House leader announces $1.6B school funding plan

The top public education policymaker in the Texas House unveiled a $1.6 billion plan on Monday that he described as a first step to overhauling the state’s beleaguered school funding system. 

State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Humble, newly appointed chair of the House Education Committee, talks public education at TTEvents on Feb. 28, 2017.
State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Humble, newly appointed chair of the House Education Committee, talks public education at TTEvents on Feb. 28, 2017.

Analysis: Voucher opponent protecting Texas legislators from voters

Lawmakers rarely get blamed for votes that never take place, and that's the basis for one of the oldest protection rackets in the legislative toolkit: Killing a controversial bill before it comes to the full House or Senate.