Tag: Texas Legislature

Support and Demand: two studies explore what it means to be underserved

Support and Demand: two studies explore what it means to be underserved

When describing poverty, segregation, racial inequity, and all the other disparities in American life, the word “underserved” comes up a lot. I’ve had editors say that the word is meaningless. Others say it’s jargon. But two recent studies have put some research behind what it means to be “underserved.” The Opportunity Myth, published by The…

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Diego Bernal preps for 2019 with “What They Said 2.0”

Diego Bernal preps for 2019 with “What They Said 2.0”

Schools are notoriously appealing places to showcase a political agenda. People freak out about both kids and misspent taxes, so politicians often pick their fights in the schoolyard. Far less often does legislation address the battles that teachers are actually fighting day in and day out, but State Rep. Diego Bernal (D-123) had a fairly…

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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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Texas Commission on Public School Finance: Time is money…and some kids don’t have either

Texas Commission on Public School Finance: Time is money…and some kids don’t have either

The March 7 hearings before the Texas Commission on Public School Finance were basically the equivalent of me going to New York Fashion week. A parade of amazing and beautiful things that I can’t afford. I think my frustration was shared by commission member Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Humble). At the end of the meeting, Huberty…

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Texas School Finance Commission: You get the teacher you pay for

Texas School Finance Commission: You get the teacher you pay for

When Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath was Dallas ISD Trustee Mike Morath, he championed a performance-based teacher salary system. Three years in, student outcomes are up, teachers are happy, and it’s going very well, DISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa told the Texas School Finance Commission, except that it’s bleeding the district dry. “We’ve put all our…

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