For the first time in Texas, charter schools will receive funding from the State to pay for leasing and maintaining buildings and facilities.
School districts are now allowed to create food pantries on campus to store and distribute leftover food from the cafeteria, as long as they follow state and local health codes.
The Texas House and Senate tentatively passed each other’s priority school finance bills Monday, preparing to discuss potential compromises.
The federal government does not compensate school districts or nonprofits for getting students to and from the free meal sites.
The Texas House on Friday passed a package of bills that would put $1.8 billion into public schools and help out struggling small, rural school districts.
The Senate Finance Committee Saturday approved a proposal Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick listed as a priority for Texas education.
In what seems to be an overture to the House, Gov. Greg Abbott added two new education-related issues to his special session call Thursday: school finance reform and increased benefits for retired teachers.
Speaking to educators ahead of a special session full of education bills, House Speaker Straus chastised the Senate for underfunding school finance reform.
An effort to overhaul the state’s beleaguered school finance system has been declared dead.
House Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty’s comments about school choice legislation being a “dead” issue this legislative session have angered Texas supporters of the voucher-like programs.