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.
House Bill 3 would increase base funding for each student, compress tax rates, and reduce the amounts wealthier districts pay to shore up poorer districts.
Senate Bill 12 would boost state, school district and teacher contributions over the next six years. Retirees would get one-time “13th” checks of up to $500.
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.