School Finance Fix Approved By House Education Committee
On Tuesday the House committee passed a sweeping finance bill that will see at least 94% of students in public schools which are located in Texas receiving more money for their education.
The measure follows an order that was issued out by the courts after it was discovered that the school finance system in Texas was unconstitutional. The case is currently on appeal to the Supreme Court in Texas.
Jimmie Don Aycock, the Chairman of the House Public Education Committee, welcomed the passing of the new bill stating that, “This bill gives schools more resources and delivers them in a smarter and more effective way.”
He added that the new plans which are to be put in place will present, “a major opportunity to improve public education in Texas.”
As per the new bill, schools which are located in Dallas will receive a funding boosts of around $32 million come next year, that’s an increase of 3.2% if compared to previous years. Schools which are located in Northern Texas will also receive an increase thanks to the new bill.
The new bill has been welcomed by several parents and education officials including Aycock, who said that although the impact will be different in some areas we all stand to benefit.
“Any change in these formulas will have different implications for different districts,” he said. “But on the whole, this plan increases equity, it keeps more local dollars in local communities and it provides schools more resources to educate kids.”