Tag: Texas Commission on Public School Finance

Mission creep critical at the Public School Finance Commission

Mission creep critical at the Public School Finance Commission

State Sen. Paul Bettencourt’s Revenue Working Group—a subsidiary of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance— continues to be one of the more intriguing things you can watch on Texas Capitol livestream.  The purpose, one would suppose, of the revenue working group, is to find money to fulfill the recommendations of the other working groups:…

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Abbott’s school finance fix may just be a Trojan Horse for the tax caps he’s been after all along

Abbott’s school finance fix may just be a Trojan Horse for the tax caps he’s been after all along

Now that the election is over, we return back to our reality. Things at the state house remain functionally the same—tax-averse Republicans everywhere. Our schools also remain, according to almost any educator you ask, underfunded. Gov. Greg Abbott’s commission on public school finance may have been little more than a discussion of how to season…

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Texas Commission on Public School Finance: all that for nothing?

Texas Commission on Public School Finance: all that for nothing?

Everything you thought you knew about school finance is about to change. And by “you” I mean most Texans, who know very little about school finance. And that’s how much is likely to change as a result of the governors Commission on Public School Finance—very little. On Tuesday, the public saw the recommendations of the…

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Texas Commission on Public School Finance: the road to Byzantium

Texas Commission on Public School Finance: the road to Byzantium

On March 19, the Texas Commission on Public School Finance listened to ten hours of public testimony on…everything. The State’s school finance system is notoriously complicated and brimming with indices, adjustments, and designated funds. All were up for grabs as lobbyists, educators, unions, and parents offered ideas for how to cure what ails Texas school…

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