Updating the texas cost of education index
At billion, the state paid 42.9 percent of the total funding for schools, and local districts paid 47.1 percent, .2 billion (the state’s portion includes money “recaptured” from local property taxes; more on that later).Most federal money comes through Title I, the law intended to help districts educate economically disadvantaged students.The Texas public school finance system, responsible for underwriting the education of the nation’s second-largest student population, is notoriously byzantine. The Texas public school finance system, responsible for underwriting the education of the nation’s second-largest student population, is notoriously byzantine. Shapiro, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, and state Sen.Parsing the jargon alone — golden and copper pennies? Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, have each said they are working on proposals.
The Legislature has not adjusted the weights for economically disadvantaged and ELL students in the funding formula since 1984.The state’s 1,030 traditional school districts operate with a combination of federal, local and state revenue.In the 2008-09 school year, the federal government paid .7 billion, the thinnest slice of the pie at 10 percent. But finding a way through the labyrinth of school finance is more important now than ever as lawmakers deliberate an education budget that could, if the House has its way, leave public schools .8 billion short in funding. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, reminded members of the Senate Finance Committee when they passed their own education budget last week — with still staggering numbers that are billion more than those from the lower chamber — any funding for education depends the passage of a new school finance bill. Scott Hochberg, D-Houston, and Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, have introduced separate legislation outlining reforms.Here’s our layman’s guide to figuring out the current system, compiled with the help of experts at the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association, the Equity Center and the Texas Education Agency.
Thus, MALDEF urges Texas lawmakers to update this critical index.