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.
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.
Speaking to educators ahead of a special session full of education bills, House Speaker Straus chastised the Senate for underfunding school finance reform.
A panel of education leaders said the future of Texas’ public education system is clouded by underfunding and a looming teacher shortage.
The Texas Senate’s public education funding bill includes a provision for education savings accounts, a program championed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
If Texas doesn’t figure out a way to bridge the education gaps between its white and Hispanic populations, the poverty level in the state will skyrocket.
The real question is what would be cut from local government budgets if and when their voters reject bigger tax increases.
Had the state kept its share of school funding constant for the past 10 years, voters might not be griping about rising property taxes. The state is spending more than it used to, but it’s spending less per student.
At a scheduled business meeting Monday night, the San Antonio Independent School District board recognized 91-year-old Cristano Luna for his academic achievements.
For advocates of public education in Texas, Friday the 13th brought both sorrow and hope.