The loss in September 2017 of the so-called ASATR funds, intended to offset the effects of tax cuts approved by the Legislature in 2006, is expected to reduce funding to many school districts.
AUSTIN -- In a move that promises to ramp up the debate over school finance in Texas, House Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday instructed two committees to study key aspects of the still-c0ntroversial funding system.
Straus directed the House Appropriations and Public Education committees to study how the upcoming loss of one category of funding in 2017 -- the Additional State Aid for Tax Relief -- will affect local districts across Texas and how the current use of property taxes to fund schools affects quality.
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Analyzes advantages and disadvantages of three alternative strategies for updating the Texas Cost-of-Education Index used in its school finance formula: A comparable-wage index, a cost-of-services index, and a cost-of-outcomes index.
School finance reform never comes quickly or easily, which is why this work needs to continue sooner rather than later." Straus' move comes after a recent decision by the Texas Supreme Court determining that the state's education finance system, while constitutional, is "undeniably imperfect, with immense room for improvement." Straus earlier had called for the Public Education Committee to study educational costs and school districts' facility needs.
Senate committees are looking at some of the same funding and tax issues.
Baylor often asks their graduates to represent Baylor by “flinging their green and gold afar” and I have done my part for almost 20 years.
But Baylor has abandoned their alumni, their Christian values, and their mission and vision statement by ignoring a significant issue that is hurting women across the world.
Given the wave of sexual violence reports that have made the news thanks in part to players in the National Football League, Baylor University was positioned to set a high standard for handling, issuing punishment for, and creating policy against sexual assault. Growing up in a poor neighborhood in the shadows of Baylor, I often felt detached from the “world’s largest Baptist university”.
They had an opportunity to be a leader for equality, advocate for victims, and eliminate violence. I wasn’t Baptist nor was I the self-perceived, prototypical student that I thought attended Baylor. I quickly learned that I could compete intellectually with wealthier students at Baylor despite my own misguided perceptions driven by growing up in the poor side of Waco.
I remember my first day on campus driving through the parking garage in my 1988 Mitsubishi Mighty Max that had squeaky shocks, pealing black paint, and a broken tailgate and parking next to brand new Audis, BMWs, Mercedes, and the occasional Camaro. But it often felt odd being the ‘kid from Waco’ attending Baylor.