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 ...

Weekend Insider: Pocket Prairies, School Spending

Today on the Texas Tribune Weekend Insider:

A group of conservationists is introducing Houstonians to native plants that covered the area before it became the sprawling cement landscape it is today. "Pocket prairies" are being planted on small tracts of land throughout the city. But now a pristine 53-acres of prairie, where they have been collecting rare seeds, is scheduled to become a subdivision. The group is trying to raise a quarter-million dollars before November 1st to prevent the development.

Morgan Smith examines three Texas school districts that spend the most money per student and the three districts that spend the least. With schools suing the state over education funding, she asks just how much it costs to educate a child in Texas. 

Read these stories and more this weekend at TexasTribune.org.

Texas School Finance Lawsuit Cheat Sheet

Texas' latest round of school finance litigation adds some new players to the courtroom, with interests that are more varied than ever before. We've created a cheat sheet to help you keep all six lawsuits — and the plaintiffs' basic arguments — straight.

Teacher Silvia Corado works with students in her pre-kindergarten class as they learn syllables and word identification, part of the Summer Bilingual Academy at Wilson Elementary School in San Antonio.
Teacher Silvia Corado works with students in her pre-kindergarten class as they learn syllables and word identification, part of the Summer Bilingual Academy at Wilson Elementary School in San Antonio.

San Antonio May Seek Tax to Support Full-Day Pre-K

An eighth-of-a-cent sales tax increase is being proposed in San Antonio to fund full-day pre-kindergarten for primarily low-income children in the city.

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 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.

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.