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School Finance Reform Dead
House Bill 1759 disappears, taking $800 million with it
"...enough blame to go around for the failure of school finance reform...."

May 14, 2015 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Lawmakers Pitch Income Tax, School Finance Reform Plan
Quixotes saddle up their horses
"...Two lawmakers used last week's ongoing debate over school finance as a well-timed opportunity to pitch an income..."

March 18, 2005 News Feature by Amy Smith

Lege Lines: School Finance Math; Tax Plans Diverge; Veteran Benefits Restricted; and More
Is school finance dead this session?; House and Senate tax plans split; Lege restricts veterans' benefits; and more
"...School Finance: Add Cash, Subtract Reform..."

May 15, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Texas Supremes: Not Our Job to Fix School Finance
Long-awaited ruling says school funding system constitutional
"...The Texas school finance system meets the minimum standards demanded by the..."

May 13, 2016 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Back to Education Finance Reform
Updated: No education special, but interim committee called
"...have squelched calls for a special session on education finance reform, so Texas lawmakers are settling for the next..."

March 1, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Fate of School Finance Delayed
A new timeline to sort out school finance may push resolution to 2016
"...where Texas politicians took on the thorny issue of school finance. Now the heavy lifting may be delayed two..."

Jan. 16, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

School Finance Agreement? Maybe
Conference committee nearing deal, but let's see what chambers say
"...Davis*, because wherever she was going was where the school finance deal was being brokered. Now there may be..."

May 27, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

School Finance Bill Heads for the Floor
Republicans pass HB 2 out of committee over educator objections
"...House Public Education Committee, dominated by Republicans, pushed the school finance reform bill out of committee on Tuesday, forcing..."

March 4, 2005 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

School Finance Back in Dietz's Court
Eight years after Dietz ruled for massive reform, school finance returns
"...2004, Judge John Dietz's ruling on the Texas' public school finance system lead lawmakers to make massive reforms. Now,..."

Jan. 27, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

School Finance on Trial
Hearing only expected to last a short two and a half hours
"...undermine Judge John Dietz's 2014 ruling finding the current school finance system unconstitutional. Then intervenor groups, including the Texas..."

Aug. 28, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

School Finance: A Timeline
"...establish system of free ("adequate" and "equitable") Texas public schools, under state constitution...."

May 1, 2015 News Feature

School Finance: Where We Are and How We Got Here
The Supreme Court's ruling leaves a lot of blanks for the Lege to fill in
"...a Texas Supreme Court decision that declared the state's school finance system to be teetering on the brink of..."

Dec. 9, 2005 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

What School Finance Crisis?
The Lege considers school finance, and recommends ways to cut wages and fire teachers
"...by government standards, the Joint Select Committee on Public School Finance report to the Legislature issued last week is..."

March 26, 2004 News Column by Michael King

House Rolls Out School Finance Bill
Republican leaders propose $9 billion in funding for public schools over the next two years
"...Texas House of Representatives rolled out that chamber's long-awaited school finance bill, House Bill 3, at a press conference..."

March 8, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Judge Dietz Finds School Finance System Unconstitutional
Court ruling ends five-week trial with a mandate to Legislature to design a new system
"...trial by ruling unconstitutional the Texas system of public school finance. Following a brief recess in the immediate wake..."

Sept. 17, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

Lege Lines: Full-Day Pre-K Tops School Wish List
Bipartisan support emerges for plan to fund full-day pre-kindergarten
"...the Texas Education Agency, and members of the Public School Finance Commission, and to put down some markers on..."

Feb. 15, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Lege Goes to School: Education Bills
"...Taxes, finance, vouchers, graduation paths, "parent triggers," and community schools: Lawmakers..."

May 1, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Back to School
Carstarphen and Austin ISD trustees wrestle over priorities, budget, and power
"...after a decade as superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, he left for his successor one piece of..."

March 5, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Texas School Funding
Still unconstitutional
"...2004, he told Texas lawmakers that the state's public school-finance system failed to meet the state constitutional requirement to..."

Sept. 5, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Next Round of School Reform
AISD focuses again on Eastside schools
"...There's a consensus in the Austin Inde­pendent School District: The schools in East Austin should get the..."

Feb. 7, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Med School Solution
A medical school, a teaching hospital, and a new health care system?
"...should Travis County taxpayers help pay for a medical school?"..."

Sept. 14, 2012 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Help Wanted: School Board Candidates
Scarce bids concern education advocates
"...with wannabe office holders. If only the Austin Inde­pendent School District were so lucky...."

June 13, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Balancing the Books After Years of Neglecting Schools
The Texas Legislature wants to fix school finance, but how?
"...back. That's how Texas lawmakers have treated the state's school finance system, and now even the chair of the..."

April 7, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

It Just Doesn't Add Up
As the session winds down, school finance reform recedes once again
"...poll have weighed in on the Legislature's handling of school finance, it appears that House and Senate leaders have..."

May 20, 2005 News Column by Amy Smith

The Education Session
The Lege takes another run at patching school finance
"...there's a poster child for what's best about Texas school kids, she could be Regan Lively. With a slight..."

May 1, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Budget Implosion
School finance runs aground, but health spending will follow soon
"...Does anyone really know what's happening with school finance reform? Quick answer, no, but if there is..."

May 24, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: Do It for the Kids
House Dems lay out school finance plan
"...laid out an ambitious proposal to increase state public school spending by $14.5 billion – while also cutting school..."

March 1, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

If It's Broke, Don't Fix It
Texas school finance system ruled constitutional
"...The Texas public school finance system is broken, but not so badly broken..."

May 20, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Funding Balance
Some Austin politicos think qualified candidates of average means are deterred from running due to low contribution limits
"...for the 2016 presidential hopefuls – a sizable chunk financed by deep-pocketed mega-donors – voters are given another reminder..."

Dec. 11, 2015 News Feature by Jack Craver

House to Address Education Funding
Speaker Joe Straus sets school finance as interim item
"...the Texas Supreme Court rejected challenges to the state's school finance system last month, it was a blow to..."

June 10, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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