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Texas Fails on School Finance

“Grades are in, and the state of Texas gets an F when it comes to adequately funding public education. It also gets an F on the related subject of surging property taxes,” a new commentary in the San Antonio Express-News reads.

It cites the budget crisis at North East ISD as the latest example of a broken system of school finance. The district, a large, well-run, suburban school system, will soon be considered property wealthy and subject to recapture even though 46 percent of its students receive free or reduced-price lunches.

Superintendent Brian Gottardy noted that it was his hope that the Legislature would fix things in 2017. “Instead of increasing funding to public education and changing the state’s formula, lawmakers continue to study the issue, even though the issue is crystal clear. The state hasn’t maintained its fair share,” the commentary reads.

Read “Texas gets an F on school finance” by Josh Brodesky, San Antonio Express-News.

April 23, 2018