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Keffer: School Finance Needs Less Talk, More Action

A new commission begins its study of how Texas can improve its funding system for public education today. Former State Representative Jim Keffer notes that the woes of our school finance system are much discussed but largely unchanged over the last 30 years. The commission will meet throughout 2018 and make recommendations for the 2019 Legislature.

“The commission is a good start, but we can’t fix our school finance system by continuing to study it to death. We need bipartisan support to tackle the challenges we face in funding our schools and making long-overdue investments in public education,” Keffer writes.

Keffer cautioned against another useless voucher debate. “…I have always believed that vouchers are wrong for the whole state. They’re nothing more than funding schemes to drain public tax dollars and push them into private schools that benefit just a few students,” Keffer writes.

He urges Texans who believe in public education to tell members of the commission that they want real investment in public schools.

Read “Less talk, more action on school finance” in TribTalk, a publication of the Texas Tribune.

January 23, 2018