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Fight over increased education funding may not be over yet

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus told school board members that the way to improve public education and reduce property taxes is to increase the state’s education funding. “Somebody is going to pay for public education,” Straus said at TASB’s 2017 Post-Legislative Conference at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. “If we want real property tax reform, we need real reform of school finance,” Straus said.

Straus sees efforts to regulate bathrooms and create voucher programs for schools to be wrongheaded and counterproductive. His statements were in advance of the special session that starts July 18. Property tax reform, regulating bathrooms, and creating a commission to study school finance are all on the agenda. Straus noted that the House has studied school finance for years and passed a bill in the 85th session that was a “strong first step” toward school finance reform.

Read “Foreshadowing fight, Straus rejects bathroom bill, school choice,” by Jonathan Tilove in the Austin American-Statesman.

June 15, 2017