Abbott discussed his agenda for the 86th legislative session during an interview Tuesday with The Texas Tribune.
Hegar projected there would be about $119.1 billion in state funds available for the next two-year budget, up from $110.2 in the last two-year budget.
The Texas Commission on Public School Finance finalized a report on Wednesday that includes more than 30 recommended improvements.
Changing the way public schools are funded is hard even when everyone agrees on the problem.
Both Celina Montoya and Steve Allison oppose the use of vouchers to provide school choice outside the public school system.
Northside ISD has not changed its tax rate in the past eight years. But homeowners may still see an increase in their tax bill as property values climb.
The percentage of Americans 25 years and older who completed high school or higher levels of education reached 90 percent for the first time in 2017.
State Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio) has been visiting schools to hear from teachers and administrators about education priorities.
Some school districts are eliminating positions, altering salaries and benefits, and even dipping into their fund balances to make significant budget cuts.
An advocacy group will hold a forum Thursday at the Pearl Stable to educate community members on the importance of funding public schools.