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.
Voters don’t like property taxes. State lawmakers like voters and want them to be happy. But they are not going to lower your property taxes.
After overruling objections from Democrats, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick referred the bills to committee, which promptly – an unanimously – approved them.
In a town hall gathering, State Rep. Diego Bernal said he did not consider the past legislative session a success but pointed to a few bright spots.
You might rejoice or bewail the death of a piece of legislation, but remember: Nothing is really dead while the Texas Legislature is still in Austin.
Gov. Abbott Tuesday asked lawmakers to take on “sanctuary cities,” the broken child welfare system, and a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution.
While no cuts were made to the primary source of state funding for Texas schools, it will likely go another two years without badly needed fixes.
The difference between doing well and doing very well, according to the study, is high-quality Pre-K.
Many bills filed in one chamber will have a replica in the other, and advocates of public education are rolling up their sleeves to fight for every penny.
When voters see San Antonio ISD’s $450 million bond and $0.13 tax increase on the ballot this November, they may hesitate before voting yes to what appears to be a very expensive ask.