Texas state officials announced they plan on taking over the state’s largest school district.
Compared to the nation, Texas’ fourth-grade math and reading scores were flat; eighth-grade scores stayed the same in math and fell significantly in reading.
Texas is spending more than $20 million a year in state and federal dollars on districts and outside consultants working to give individual schools more freedom from state and local regulations.
Lawmakers have reached a final deal to increase public education funding and cut school district taxes – and it includes teacher raises and all-day pre-K.
Texas’ top political leaders announced that the Legislature had reached agreements on top priorities, including school finance and property tax reform.
State Rep. Dan Huberty tabled until 2021 a proposal to pay for long-term school district tax cuts by raising the state sales tax.
The House and Senate will have to negotiate their significant differences over the bill – including how to offer teacher pay raises and property tax relief – in a conference committee before it can be signed into law.
The fast-tracked revision and vote came a day after the House OK’d a property tax reform bill, making it contingent on the passage of school finance reform.
The new Senate version of a school finance bill would raise the base funding per student and provide money for free full-day pre-K for low-income students.
The proposal would boost the sales tax from 6.25% to 7.25%, generating revenue for property tax relief, if voters approve a constitutional amendment.