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Editorial: Fix School Finance No Matter How Long It Takes

An editorial in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal notes the differences in the school finance plans the Texas House and Senate have proposed.

The House is ready to devote an additional $9 billion to public schools, allowing local officials to decide how to use new funds, including providing pay increases for staff. The Senate hasn’t set a clear dollar figure for its school finance plan but does devote a considerable amount of funding to a $5,000 across-the-board pay increase for teachers. It also includes outcomes-based funding, rewarding schools whose third graders perform well on standardized tests.

“The significant differences in philosophy and numbers means legislators have a lot to do the next few months,” the editorial reads.

“Each bill has appealing aspects, and now the chore becomes working together in a bicameral, bipartisan manner on behalf of the people of Texas who have made it abundantly clear school finance and property tax relief are priorities requiring real effort and real results—no matter how long it takes,” the editorial concludes.

Read “Our view: State must fix school finance no matter how long it takes” in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

March 18, 2019