July 18, 2005

School Funding in Texas

A lot of change is on the table in Texas. The legislature is turning into the home stretch of what could turn out to be just round #1 of their special session. In short, they are trying to boost school funding -- both houses of the leg. have already voted in support of higher teacher salaries-- while cutting property taxes, making particular use of the homestead exemption, and raising the sales and cigarette taxes.

The challenge, as Texas goes forward, is to make sure that the whole state reaps the advantages of better education funding. As expressed in the article linked to above, some legislators are concerned that it will vary too much from locality to locality.


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