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School Districts Send Letter Opposing Senate Education Reform Bill

A coalition of Texas school districts has told state lawmakers they don’t like the Senate version of a bill to fund public education.

State senators are planning a final vote on their school finance bill soon. Districts dislike the Senate bill for several reasons, one of which is a change in the funding formula that would make setting a budget for the coming school year a guessing game.

Nearly 60 school districts sent a letter to House and Senate Education Committee members. “The letter says the Senate version of school funding using ‘current year property values would be devastating to our school districts’ and creates an ‘additional Robin Hood system that affects even more districts’ and ‘in most cases would cause significantly more harm than the current funding system,’” according to FOX KDFW.

“So now they’re going to try to pay for what they call property tax relief which won’t lower your property taxes with this shift to put more burden on the schools, which actually will accelerate your property taxes,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins observed.

SMU Economics Professor Mike Davis said there need to be other revenue streams to fund public education.

Read “Texas school districts come together against Senate education reform bill” by FOX4News.com

May 14, 2019