In addition to an overall lack of productivity, the 84th Legislature’s tax cuts and budget ploys make future sessions look grim for Texas lawmakers.
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School officials and education experts thanked House members for proposing more school funding, but urged them to consider ways to steer more money to kids who need it most.
Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock announced his plan to reform Texas’ school finance system by eliminating outdated funding measures.
House leaders announced an $800-million plan to improve Texas’ school funding system this session, without waiting for a court ruling that could require a major overhaul.
When Dr. Walter Stroup showed that Texas’ standardized testing regime is ﬂawed, the testing company struck back.
House Bill 5, Perry said, “strikes an appropriate balance between our need for rigorous academic standards and the student’s need for flexibility, a balance between our needs for accountability and the appropriate level of testing in the classroom.”
Late on the session’s next-to-last day, the House passed the session’s two biggest education bills, expanding charter schools and cutting high school testing.
Each of the last two sessions, House members shot down the Senate’s proposals for raising Texas’ cap on charter schools—but a vote this afternoon put an end to the curse, as the House approved Senate Bill 2.
The Senate’s plan for charter school expansion went before members of the House, which has been a graveyard for similar plans in recent years.
After hearing more than 100 amendments, only Rep. Mark Strama (Austin-D) and Rep. Naomi Gonzalez (El Paso-D) voted against HB 5.