Abbott adds school finance, retired teacher benefits to special session – Texas Tribune

Texas Tribune Abbott adds school finance, retired teacher benefits to special sessionTexas TribuneTexas legislators could end up passing bills to reform the state's school finance system and help out retired teachers this special session. After the Senate voted early Thursday morning to pass a bill keeping several key state agencies alive, Gov …Abbott expands special […]

Other Voices: Texas needs serious school finance reform, not political rhetoric and unfunded mandates – Longview News-Journal

Texas Tribune Other Voices: Texas needs serious school finance reform, not political rhetoric and unfunded mandatesLongview News-JournalSome legislative efforts are mere window-dressing while others improve lives. Some are public relations bulletins for politicians while others are carefully crafted efforts to address problems. Some bills are sincere; others are cynical attempts to …Texas teachers voice opposition […]

Texas teachers voice opposition to education-heavy special session – Texas Tribune

Texas Tribune Texas teachers voice opposition to education-heavy special sessionTexas TribuneInstead, he focused on teacher pay and school finance, proposing a plan to "reprioritize" existing state funds from the Texas Lottery to pay for teacher bonuses and retirement benefits. He also proposed having school districts "reallocate" money to …For Texas schools, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick's […]

How the crusade against sex trafficking left Texas kids behind – KGBT-TV

KGBT-TV How the crusade against sex trafficking left Texas kids behindKGBT-TVTexas lawmakers like to talk tough on sex trafficking. State officials and … during this most recent session. Editor's note: This story is a collaboration between The Texas Tribune and Reveal, a public radio show and podcast from the Center for …and more »

The Brief: The Texas Senate’s new school finance plan and an anticipated re-election announcement – Texas Tribune

Texas Tribune The Brief: The Texas Senate's new school finance plan and an anticipated re-election announcementTexas TribuneWith the special session in sight, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick used Thursday to underline the Senate's support for Gov. Greg Abbott's 20-item agenda — and to roll out a priority of his own: pump millions into bonuses and retirement […]

Who Is Pushing For Texas’ Proposed $1000 Teacher Pay Raise? – KUT

KUT Who Is Pushing For Texas' Proposed $1000 Teacher Pay Raise?KUTPhilpott: I think the Texas House answer would be: Look, we had a school finance bill that was going to add an extra $1.5 billion or so to public education. That certainly could have been money that could have filtered down into teacher pay raises. […]

Rep. King to co-author legislation creating school finance commission – Fort Worth Star Telegram

Fort Worth Star Telegram Rep. King to co-author legislation creating school finance commissionFort Worth Star TelegramIt's been almost a year-to-the-date Texas' Supreme Court ruled school financing as constitutional. But that's not to say it isn't confusing, complex, baffling or bewildering. Use any synonym as a description it's still a system lawmakers in Austin …

Commissioners Court’s reckless spending to continue during July 11 meeting

Commissioners Court’s reckless spending to continue during July 11 meeting

Image: Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Montgomery County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport. Conroe, July 11 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court’s reckless spending will continue during the July 11, 2017, meeting, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. As always, the secretive “consent” agenda dominates the agenda and comprises nine (9) single-spaced pages of tricks, wasteful […]

Texas needs school finance reform – Victoria Advocate

Victoria Advocate Texas needs school finance reformVictoria AdvocateInstead of wrestling control away from local officials, legislators should be focused on school finance reform. The state needs to properly fund education and cut its budget elsewhere. That would be the best for Texas and get local property taxes more …and more »

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