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Houston Business Leaders: Fix School Finance

A new white paper by a powerful Houston business group, the Greater Houston Partnership, details the challenges for employers trying to find and hire qualified people for jobs that require training beyond a high school diploma—the types of jobs that will increase in the 21st century. “The current funding system does not provide adequate or effective funding directed towards high quality initiatives that will improve educational outcomes,” the white paper says.

The group highlighted these problems:

  • A 2018 survey of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas found that a shrinking labor market is the top concern. Finding enough qualified workers is already a problem.
  • Student preparation for college or a career is an issue. The outdated funding system doesn’t account for Texas’ diverse student population or the jobs that will Texas businesses will need them to fill.
  • The local burden for funding public schools is inordinate and unsustainable under the current school finance system.

Read “Why Houston Business Leaders Say It’s Time to Fix School Finance,” by Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media.

March 4, 2019