The Senate is proposing $5,000 raises for each teacher and librarian. The House is calling for raising minimum salaries and increasing benefits.
The proposal faces an uphill climb in the lower chamber, with House Speaker Dennis Bonnen saying he prefers to give school districts flexibility on addressing teacher pay.
Average Texans and lawmakers alike are going back to the basics on school finance as the State Legislature prepares to tackle a longstanding challenge.
Diana Herrera remembers sitting in an Edgewood High School class, listening for her name over the school intercom as the counseling department called students in for college guidance.
The Texas Commission on Public School Finance finalized a report on Wednesday that includes more than 30 recommended improvements.
His pitch is one of a long list of recommendations a state school finance panel will send to lawmakers later this month.
Disability rights advocates have dug up documents appearing to show Texas spent $41.6 million less on kids with disabilities in 2017 than the year before.
The two sides debated whether Texas’ decreased spending on children with disabilities years ago violated federal law.
An early projection has Texas decreasing state funding to public education, and largely using local taxes to fill the gap.
Justin Porter, previously the education agency’s executive director of special populations, will oversee how Texas school districts are serving kids with special needs.