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Sweeping overhaul for school funding abandoned

In order to save time for other measures to make their way towards a vote in the Texas legislature, an ambitious, long-awaited House bill was cast aside by its sponsor.

The then looming deadline of midnight on May 14th doomed a bill that would have overhauled the manner in which the state pays for its public schools. The chairman for the House Public Education Committee, Rep. Jimmy Don Aycock, started to explain that the bipartisan plan would very nearly dismantle the current school finance system, but decided abruptly to pull the bill to provide time for other proposals to be presented and passed.

According to Aycock, debate for the bill would have been so long as to hold up several other important policies. Only bills that receive their first full chamber vote by midnight on the deadline date could have continued to eventually be passed into law. The legislator also conceded that the plan would very likely not be passed by the Senate in any eventuality.

With Texas having not adopted the Common Core standards, many Austin South parents are still concerned that their state’s school funding is facing a crisis. Once again, Texas has found itself entangled in a major lawsuit challenging the state’s funding of classrooms. The latest proceedings allege that funding is unfairly distributed among the state’s school districts and often insufficient.

A state district judge has even declared the current financing system unconstitutional. If the Texas Supreme Courts agrees, the Legislature will be forced to make time to pass a new bill.

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